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HELLO, CARY MAGAZINE READERS! I would like to introduce myself. You may not know my face. The most I’ve appeared in our magazine may be as a shadow in a photo, much to photographer Jonathan Fredin’s dismay. I’m Lauren Morris Earley, and I have been with Cary Magazine since 2017, first as a graphic designer, and for the last three years as Creative Director. Throughout my time, I’ve wrangled puppies, tamed llamas, herded fashion models and even spent two days arriving at the state fairgrounds before the roosters were crowing. Never did I imagine my journey would end up here. Fun fact: I am one of Cary’s newest residents. After spending way too many hours on I-40, I knew it was time to immerse myself into a new area — a fresh start and the chance to live in and experience our towns. I’m from a small town in eastern NC, called Ahoskie (pronounced ah-HOSS-kee). Don’t worry, I’m not offended if you’ve never heard of it. My Havanese, Bella, and I hope to meet you around town soon! So, how did I get here? You won’t find my name on the bylines of the articles; my strengths still lie on the creative side of the magazine. I leave the professional writing to our incredible team. What I am here to do is bring you engaging and thought-provoking lifestyle content each month. I won’t lie, I was shaking in my boots a little when I decided to accept this challenge. How could I replace former Senior Editor Amber Keister’s wealth of knowledge, people and happenings N.C. State Fair, Jan/Feb 2020 in the area? The conclusion I came to is ... YOU. The pages of Cary Magazine are nothing without the input and engagement of our community. I invite you to share your successes and failures; introduce us to those in the community who are making an impact; and most of all, tell me what you love about these towns that we call home. As you travel through the pages of this issue and explore the outdoors, I hope it inspires you to hit the road or stay close to home. Whatever makes your spring happier, go for it!

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MAIN IMAGE: Veritas Vineyard & Winery boasts award-winning wines and beautiful mountain views. TOP LEFT: The Dairy Market, Charlottesville's first food hall, opened in December 2020. MIDDLE LEFT: Restored outbuildings can be seen from the kitchen garden at Monticello. BOTTOM LEFT: Guests sample a glass of red wine at Veritas.

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RICH IN NATURAL BEAUTY, Charlottesville is nestled in the eastern foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The region’s spectacular scenery would be reason enough to make the drive, three and a half hours north of the Triangle. But along with gorgeous mountain views, visitors will find world-renowned historic sites, hiking trails, orchards and farms, farm-to-table cuisine, and more than 40 wineries, ready to welcome you for a lazy weekend. CARY MAGAZINE 23

ABOVE: Guests at Veritas Vineyard & Winery enjoy a relaxing afternoon. RIGHT: Stephen Barnard, winemaker at Keswick Vineyards, says creating a welcoming atmosphere is as important as making a great wine. “It’s the moments that make the wine. It’s not the wine that makes the moments.”

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Virginia is one of the country’s top wine-producing states, and the wine industry around Charlottesville has exploded in the last 20 years. Wines from Virginia grapes will often taste different from wines produced elsewhere, but exploring that variety is part of the fun and adventure. A good place to start is the Monticello Wine Trail, consisting of 40 wineries, all within 25 miles of Charlottesville. Stephen Barnard, president of the marketing partnership, is also the winemaker at Keswick Vineyards. “I would say we're not in the wine industry; we’re in the hospitality business,” he said. “The winemakers are all committed to promoting the state, promoting the quality and the marketing of the state, yet we still have our own identities. We’re all unique.” Virginia winemakers take advantage of the grapes that grow best in the region, and Barnard says even familiar varieties might taste a bit different from their California counterparts. continued on page 28

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Wine flights, cheese and charcuterie boards, salads, sandwiches and flavorful flatbreads are available at the Veritas Vineyard & Winery tasting room.


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Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson, showcases his inventions, books and possessions, as well as exhibits describing the life of the enslaved and indentured servants who lived there.


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“The climate really gives you wines that are a bit more acidic, (rather) than ripe and opulent,” he said. “It's because we don’t have the heat; we don't have the dryness.” Keswick is known for its Cabernet Sauvignon and its Cabernet Franc, a mediumbodied red wine. Worth trying as well is the vineyard’s Chardonnay, a brighter, lighter interpretation well suited to spring sipping. The folks at Veritas Vineyard & Winery are all about the experience. Andrew and Patricia Hudson bought the scenic 55-acre property in the late ’90s, and today, their distinctive wines are only part of the package. “We’ve got a couple of award-winning wines that are single varietals,” said Lindsey Navin, marketing manager at Veritas, describing the winery’s Cabernet Franc 2017 Reserve and the 2017 Petit Verdot. “Those two wines, they’re also very much of Virginia grapes. You don't find those single varietals anywhere.” About a dozen wines are available in the tasting room, along with cheese and

Thomas Jefferson, who was fond of space-saving innovations, put his bed in the wall between his bedroom and his study.

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Replicas of Native American artifacts hang in the foyer.

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The kitchen garden at Monticello fed residents and guests.

The Michie Tavern was built in the 1780s and moved near Monticello in 1920 to capitalize on visitors to the estate. It's still a popular spot for classic Southern fare.

A costumed reenactor brings the history of Thomas Jefferson alive.

ABOVE: The kitchen at Monticello was staffed by enslaved cooks trained in French cooking techniques. LEFT: A copy of the Declaration of Independence hangs near the entrance of Jefferson’s library.


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charcuterie boards, salads, sandwiches and flavorful flatbreads. If you’re hungry for something more, The Farmhouse at Veritas restaurant serves brunch and dinner, with wine pairings from the vineyard. Guests can also spend the night at the six-bedroom bed and breakfast or two-bedroom cottage located on the property. Monticello

No trip to Charlottesville would be complete without a visit to the home of Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the U.S. The house and surroundings are beautiful, and it’s easy to see why Jefferson situated his house high on the mountain. Monticello is furnished as it was in Jefferson’s retirement, when he lived there for 17 years before his death. Inventions like the dumbwaiter and his polygraph, an early copy machine, are on display, along with his books and many souvenirs of his travels. Evidence of Jefferson’s inquisitive mind can also be seen in the gardens, where he experimented with ornamental and useful plants from around the world. Since 2015, several exhibits have opened that describe life at Monticello more completely, beginning with the restoration of workshops and 20 dwellings used by enslaved indentured servants, both Black and white. In 2018, The Life of Sally Hemings opened, detailing the life of the enslaved woman who bore the founding father’s children. Thousands of visitors tour Monticello each year to learn about Jefferson’s legacy and his complicated history. Most spend at least three hours exploring the expansive estate. Not far from Monticello is the Michie Tavern, the perfect spot to stop for lunch. The original 1780s building was a tavern on a stagecoach road. In 1920, it was moved to its current location by its owner, who continued on page 32 30 MARCH 2022

“We did not expect this to be an attraction that people became regulars in. It kind of felt like. Once you've seen it, you've seen it.’ But especially with families, we get a lot of repeat visitors.” — Danielle Bricker, Marketing manager, IX Art Park More than a dozen local artists collaborated to create The Looking Glass, an immersive art museum in downtown Charlottesville, left. It is located at the IX Art Park, which hosts a farmers market, concerts and other events. The park is also a great spot to explore, as 16-month-old Elias Ottenhoff, above, discovers.


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planned to open an antiques shop. Capitalizing on the opening of Monticello to tourists in 1924, the Michie Tavern opened in 1928 as a tearoom and antiques shop. It continues to serve standout Southern fare like fried chicken, black-eyed peas, green beans and biscuits, served buffet style. It might be difficult, but save room for the peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream. IX Art Park & The Looking Glass

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Families with children (of all ages) shouldn’t miss The Looking Glass, an interactive art museum which opened in January 2020. More than a dozen artists collaborated to create a 3,000-square-foot enchanted for-

est. Last year, the museum doubled in size to 6,000 square feet. Visitors enter through a curio shop lobby, filled with a jumble of trinkets and tchotchkes. A large door-sized mirror is tucked into one corner. “The idea is that it's your classic portal fantasy — Narnia, Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz — where you're coming into a curio shop, and there’s this Looking Glass,” said Danielle Bricker, Marketing manager at IX Art Park. It’s a family friendly, but not a kids-only space. Some of the multimedia exhibits are low to the ground for children to discover; others are at adult height. continued on page 34

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“We did not expect this to be an attraction that people became regulars in,” said Bricker. “It kind of felt like, ‘Once you've seen it, you've seen it.’ But especially with families, we get a lot of repeat visitors.” The museum is located in the IX Art Park. The former site of the Frank Ix & Sons Textile Factory was transformed into an open-air event space and became a nonprofit in 2019. Its mission is “to make art in all its forms a daily reality for everyone.” More than 250 events a year are held there, including free outdoor concerts, salsa dance lessons, a farmers market, theater performances and more. Even when nothing formal is planned, visitors can grab a bucket of chalk or an art kit with paper, brushes and paints. Food and more

Adjacent to the IX Art Park is Three Notch’d Craft Kitchen & Brewery, serving up craft beer and “a locally sourced, beer-infused menu.” Stop in for elevated pub fare or seek out one of the many independent restaurants nearby. Whether it’s Turkish fare from Sultan Kebab, Mediterranean from Orzo Kitchen & Wine Bar, or Southern staples from The Whiskey Jar, you won’t be disappointed. “The quality of the food and the sheer number of restaurants that we have just make this a really incredible food destination,” said Brantley Ussery, marketing director for Albemarle County. A new destination on the food scene is the Dairy Market, which opened in December 2020. Charlottesville’s first food hall, located inside a historic downtown dairy, contains retail space,12 food stalls, a full-service restaurant and a brewery. The food, culture, history and, yes, the wineries make Charlottesville, a city of 50,000 or so, a destination that, as Ussery puts it, “punches above its weight.” t

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REMEMBER WHEN we all made big travel plans

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Heights House Hotel, an Italianate-style mansion in Raleigh, offers boutique accommodations for those who enjoy the finer things but aren’t willing to travel far. The library is a cherished spot to enjoy coffee or wine and cheese in the afternoons.

“From the moment they arrive on the property, we hope that guests are transported to another time and place,” says owner Sarah Shepherd.


Completed in 1860 in Raleigh’s historic Boylan Heights, Heights House Hotel is a local landmark that was renovated in 2018 to bring a “vintage-meets-modern vision to life.”

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For the Lover of Luxury

Heights House, a boutique hotel in the historic Boylan Heights neighborhood in downtown Raleigh, is described on their website as “a historic landmark, resurrected.” Originally called Montfort Hall, the Italianate-style mansion was commissioned in 1858 by William Montfort Boylan under the guidance of British architect William Percival. Completed in 1860, the house has seen its fair share of change over the years — even housing a Baptist congregation in the 1950s — until 2018, when Sarah and Jeff Shepherd acquired the property and transformed it into what we see today. “Maurer Architecture helped us to preserve this incredible home, and we collaborated on the interior design with Bryan Costello, a brilliant designer who really helped us bring our vintage-meets-modern 40

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vision to life,” said Sarah Shepherd. “From the architecture and design to food and interior furnishings, we’ve made it a mission to seek out the exceptional local creatives who are right here in North Carolina.” Heights House is meant to be enjoyed as if it is your own home, Shepherd says. Surrounded by elegant rooms, fabrics and finishes, guests are free to mill around the gracious floor plan and enjoy complimentary bikes for perusing the neighborhood. “We offer breakfast every morning, and our coffee program is available all day, so the dining room is a lovely place to sip a cup and read or work or talk with friends. The library is a cherished spot for enjoying coffee or wine and cheese in the afternoons, and the drawing room or living room is a grander room and located next to the parlor, or continued on page 42

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ABOVE: A lakeside yurt? Yes, please! Guests are encouraged to BYOB (bring-your-own-boat) or use the ones provided. ACROSS, TOP RIGHT: For those looking for more of a glamping experience, Lakeside Retreats’ yurts are comfortable and roomy. Stephen Williamson sits in their largest (30foot) yurt, perfect for meetings, parties and other group activities. The yurts are heated and air-conditioned, and come equipped with beds and a mini kitchenette. Anyone staying at one of the seven yurts has access to showers and toilets in a VIP-style bathroom trailer.

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bar area, which lends well to hosting larger groups of friends. We also have two front porches where guests spend time throughout the day, as well as at the fire pit on our front lawn.” For those who enjoy the finer things, but aren’t willing to travel far, Heights House is a great option. Rates start at $299 and include a delicious, locally sourced breakfast. “Because this is such a transporting setting, you will really feel like you’ve traveled, even if it’s only 5 minutes from your home,” said Shepherd. “Reserve a horse-drawn carriage to travel to your dinner reservation after having cocktail hour in the parlor, or ride bikes downtown to take full advantage of your staycation!” For The Outdoor Enthusiast

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erything nature lovers never knew they needed and never knew was there. The brainchild of Tom Williamson and his son, Stephen Williamson, this ultimate glamping location sits on about 350 acres of family land — historically part of a much larger farm owned by the Williamson family since 1775. Following his retirement, Tom Williamson started slowly transforming the property — which used to be nothing but a swamp — into Lakeside Retreats, complete with a picturesque lake, walking/biking trails, yurts, a tiny house, primitive camping sites, a gazebo, a sauna and more. The land sits right next to the 405-acre Bailey and Sarah Williamson Preserve, originally a piece of the family farm, now owned by the Triangle Land Conservancy. There are currently seven different-sized yurts, each with heating and air conditioning, a mini kitchenette, a fire pit, a picnic

table, a charcoal grill and sleeping arrangements for at least two people. Sheets and towels are included with each rental. The largest yurt is 30 feet, perfect for large meetings or parties. Although there is no inside plumbing, everyone who stays in a yurt has access to showers and toilets via what Stephen Williamson, who works in the concert industry, calls a “VIP-style bathroom trailer.” For tent campers, bathroom access is limited to portable toilets. Although the tiny house does have a real bathroom and a full kitchen, it is actually smaller than a yurt at only 200 square feet. “We were starting to get more and more families, so we started to give families more options,” said Tom Williamson. “With the exception of the 24-foot yurt, which has a king-sized bed, all the other 20-foot yurts have queen-sized beds and some of them

Tom (right) and son Stephen Williamson (left), right, transformed their 350-acre family property into a glamping paradise, complete with a man made lake.

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have bunk beds. If the kids want to camp in a tent, they can just pop up a tent right next to the yurt at no extra cost.” Yurts book for $125/night, and 10% of all profits support local and international causes. It’s clear that the Williamsons have a big heart — they support everything from animal therapy to the fight against bullying to dismantling structural racism and mass incarceration across North Carolina. A list of all the non-profits supported in 2020-2021 can be found on their website. Visitors are encouraged to explore the walking trails, go swimming or fishing, canoe and kayak, hike or bike on the neighboring preserve, read a book in the lakeside gazebo or relax in the sauna. You can bring your own boat or use one of the ones provided. “Just enjoy it and feel closer to whoever you came with,” suggests Stephen Williamson. “That’s why we use the word retreat in it — it’s a chance to pull out a little bit from your regular routine.” 44

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For the DIY-ers — A Private Oasis at Home

Peacock Mansion is a lovingly restored vintage camper, graced with luxury linens, crystal sconces, a mini fridge, heated blankets, wild colors, a flower wall and (of course) plenty of peacock decor. “Everything that I couldn’t do in my house, I did in the camper,” said owner Jennifer Waller Devlin. “The decorations were labor intensive, but nothing was expensive. It’s like the magical mystery bus.” The 1972 Shasta Compact, graced with wings, was originally rented out on Airbnb as part of a glamping experience in Devlin’s backyard, complete with an outdoor clawfoot tub and other whimsical additions. Devlin’s self-described “boho eclectic glam” did the trick — before she knew it, photographers were paying to use her space for photoshoots. Once the pandemic hit, everything changed. “When the shutdown happened, it wasn’t really worth the money for me. We

Jennifer Waller Delvin often escapes to her restored vintage trailer, which is parked in her driveway. She turned the 1972 Shasta Compact into the colorfully whimsical Peacock Mansion.

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didn’t really know what was happening back then, so I didn’t want to take any chances of someone coming here and Delvin enjoys a morning getaway in the camper she and her husband renovated. In addition to heated blankets and peacock décor, getting sick,” said Devlin. “My a mini fridge comes complete with a “Press for champagne” button. little camper sat there and nobody used her. Nobody appreciated her. So tine, watching hours of YouTube videos on provides some much-needed solitude. Each my husband and I decided to sell it — and how to paint, decoupage, sew, build a flower morning Devlin grabs her morning tea, we decided to make it as eccentric as hu- wall, cut tile and more. By the end of a long walks the dogs, and sits in her camper for 20 manly possibly because I knew it would sell.” summer, the Peacock Mansion was born. It minutes or two hours, depending on what Devlin and her husband were in that now sits in Devlin’s driveway to be enjoyed she’s working on. “I can just sit in there and be undiscamper every weekend throughout quaran- by friends and family. “We thought, why are we going to sell turbed, which is something we don’t really this? This is really amazing! So we moved it do anymore. It’s very cathartic,” she said. Although it was a lot of work, Devfrom the back of our property to the driveway and said let’s just start staying here,” said lin encourages others to think outside of Devlin. “It was really convenient because we the box and create a private oasis of their didn’t have to find a place for the dogs. We own. Travel is about a feeling, and you can didn’t have to worry about somebody getting recreate that feeling anywhere, she says. If the mail. It got to be a lot of fun because I you love Paris, bring Paris to your space. would dress up and make little menus about If you like the beach, create a tropicalthemed room, shed, camper, basement, what we were going to serve in the camper.” Shortly after the Peacock Mansion’s de- you name it. “Think about your favorite place and but, friends started asking Devlin to bring the party to their driveways, champagne in why it is your favorite place and recreate it. tow. It was perfect — Devlin didn’t have to The ambiance has a lot to do with your feeldrive home after a night of drinking and she ings,” said Devlin. “One day you can look could fall asleep in her own camper. It soon around and think, wow, I really love being became a tourist destination for everyone, at home.” “Your space should bring you joy, no says Devlin, with her friends opting to sit in matter what it looks like. We travel to try her camper rather than her house. While socializing with the Shasta is and escape our daily life, but if you can do certainly a perk, the Peacock Mansion also that right here, it’s just an added bonus.” t Devlin credits Pinterest, “YouTube University” and a healthy amount of thrifting for her eclectic decor.


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Thrills for everyone at new Bond Park Challenge Course WRITTEN BY AMBER KEISTER | PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN

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ON A CRISP WINTER MORNING, 5-year-old Samaira Desai whizzed down the zipline, gripping white-knuckled the entire way. Nearby, several other children crawled through tunnels, inched along ropes, and navigated obstacles like the Spider Web and the Lily Pads. Enrolled in a Town of Cary track-out camp, the kids spent a fun-filled hour exploring the recently refurbished Challenge Course at Bond Park. All the activity is just what Cary parks and recreation staff were aiming for when renovations to the park’s ropes course began last summer. During the planning stage, staff looked hard at requests that they couldn’t accommodate on the old course. Families and children under 10 were two obvious underserved populations. “We’re trying to look at ways we can serve everybody,” said Andrew Marsden, recreation manager at Bond Park. In the new design, a lower level was added, about 8 feet off the ground, along with eight new elements and a 90-foot youth zipline. Staff can now hold more family programs and activities for children as young as 5. Along with track-out camps, those include summer camps and Scout outings. “We also made sure that the lower level could be used by adults as well. So if you come out and you want to do a group, but you don't necessarily want to go up to 35 feet, you can still play around and have fun in an area that you're comfortable with,” Marsden said. The Bond Park Challenge Course, first built more than 25 years ago, is described as “an outdoor learning facility designed to stimulate teamwork, encourage cooperation, instill trust, and bolster confidence.” The original course was attached to the park’s trees, so participants could traverse Tarzanlike from tree platform to tree platform. But all that activity started to impact the health of the supporting trees. The new Challenge Course was built around the existing trees in Bond Park to preserve the natural canopy.

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Emily Boykin, the outdoor recreation program supervisor at Bond Park, makes sure Samaira Desai is safely strapped in before the 5-year-old takes a turn on the zipline.

A child speeds down the 90-foot zipline at Bond Park. There is also a longer, 300-foot zipline for adults.

Know the Ropes • Open by reservation only, for groups of eight or more. • High course is 35 feet above the ground and is geared more to individual challenges. • New lower level is 8 feet up and appropriate for younger climbers and families. • Low course is on or near the ground and focuses on team-building. • Fees vary, depending on type of program and resident status. Expect to pay $27-$75 per person for general visitors or $41-$85 each for corporate participants. • Hours: open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, closed on holidays • Gearing up for the Grand Opening, see for details. Source: Town of Cary



Seven-year-old Paul Arrange crawls through a tunnel at the Bond Park Challenge Course during a Town of Cary track-out camp.

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“We’ve gone for a slightly longer plan that takes you all the way to the end. It’s a bit of a quicker ride, a bit more exciting changeup for people who have already been here.” — Andrew Marsden, recreation manager, Bond Park

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“We were having to do some major modifications or repairs to that course, because of the trees. So instead of doing that, we transitioned to a pole course, which is just better for the trees and has a better life,” said Marsden, who was the project manager for the renovations. Located in the same spot, the new course was planned around the existing trees, to preserve the natural canopy. Bonsai Design LLC, based in Colorado, first created a rough outline of the design. Then every tree in the area was tagged with a GPS location. “Then they shifted the design around, shifted where the anchors had to go, so that it would impact trees in the minimum amount possible,” Marsden said. “We did lose three trees in this entire process, but two of them were already dead.” The $375,000 renovation was completed in November. The new course is longer, more connected, and finishes with a 300foot zipline. continued on page 58



A spider web-shaped rope course challenges the dexterity and balance of a youngster.

Emily Boykin demonstrates how to navigate the Firecrackers.

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The high level is 35 feet off the ground, with plenty of obstacles and skill-building elements.

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“We’ve gone for a slightly longer plan that takes you all the way to the end. It’s a bit of a quicker ride, a bit more exciting changeup for people who have already been here,” Marsden said. “The course is also more independent, so you can kind of go out by yourself, fully clipped in. There’s no way to get out, but you can then explore and kind of be free.” That freedom comes thanks to updated safety equipment. But before anyone ascends, they must learn the rules of the course and how the safety gear works. “There is a small ground-based course that we go through to demonstrate how

everything works,” Marsden said. “We can watch you, and it gives you a chance to ask questions that you’re not sure about before you end up in the sky.” Reservations are being taken now for the Grand Opening. Plans are also in the works for birthday party packages, and staff is considering walk-up days, where individuals can sign up without enlisting a big group to come too. Also coming this spring is the return of Bond Park Adventure Days. On the third Saturday of every month, visitors can buy a $29 pass that includes a day of family fun at the Bond Park Challenge Course and Boathouse. t



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Sweet T Picnics owner Marcie Trivette enjoys a country classic-themed picnic at Walnut Street Park in Cary. The luxury picnic business offers a variety of picnic packages for those who do not want the hassle.

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PUTTING TOGETHER a Pinterestworthy picnic, complete with a woven basket, delicious food and beautifully themed decor, can be a hassle — unless you have someone to do it for you. Sweet T Picnics, a luxury picnic service, will set up a themed picnic for you anywhere in the Triangle — perfect for surprising your loved ones. Owned by former Miss North Carolina Marcie Trivette, Sweet T Picnics partners exclusively with local artisans to provide a uniquely sweet, Southern experience. “Preston Flowers & Gifts, in Cary, is just one of the many local partnerships we've created with Sweet T Picnics,” said Trivette. “They have been absolutely phenomenal at designing the most gorgeous arrangements for our luxury picnic settings. We ask, and they deliver every single time.” After years of living out of state and working in property management, Trivette moved back to North Carolina, quit her job and started the business just last year. Trivette’s career change was inspired by her love of the outdoors, yummy food and (of course) sweet tea. “I believe the year 2020 taught everyone a lot, myself included. Time is so precious, and you can’t get it back,” she said. “I wanted to create a space where sweet memories could be made with smiles, laughter and togetherness. It’s not just about having a picnic. It’s about having an incredible experience with those you cherish.” If you’re ready for a little luxury, visit their website and pick your picnic. If you’re worried about the weather, don’t be — Sweet T Picnics offers clear igloo tents for heated picnics on the chilliest of days. All cleanup is included, so you can leave happy and worry free. t

Trivette shares sweet tea with friend Matt Walsh in the “Winter Igloo” tent, a cozy option for an outdoor picnic during the cold winter months. Each picnic package includes blankets, pillows, picnic baskets and all utensils. Menus provided by local artisans are also available.


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Complete with a map, hidden clues and a treasure chest, Triangle Treasure Hunt offers participants the perfect opportunity to channel their inner child. Co-creators Ben and Whitney Strunk started the business after returning home from a romantic trip in Florence, Italy. “Our first treasure hunt was part of an Airbnb experience. We were going through the winding streets of Italy, and neither one of us spoke Italian,” said Strunk. “We struggled a lot, but we actually got engaged at the end of the hunt, so it has some special meaning for us.” “After coming back from our trip, we looked for a similar experience here in North Carolina and couldn’t really find anything that was quite the same. We decided to make our own, and we’ve been running Triangle Treasure Hunt since 2018.”

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Similar to an outdoor escape room, Triangle Treasure Hunt asks participants to find a treasure chest by cracking codes, solving puzzles and combing local areas for clues. There are locations in Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Apex and Fuquay-Varina. Participant Ashley Hunter joined a treasure hunt in downtown Raleigh with her parents and two kids in tow. “When we saw it, it was right up our alley as we love doing escape rooms and this seemed similar. We had an absolute blast,” said Hunter. “If you like ‘The Amazing Race’ TV show and imagine participating in it one day, this is a great warm-up.” Strunk recently talked more about their adventure-based business and what kind of experience they hope to give potential treasure hunters.

How does Triangle Treasure Hunt work?

We have 60-90 minutes of walking team scavenger hunts. There are a number of different locations, but for all of the hunts you get a treasure map that will lead you around the surrounding area looking for clues. There are some additional puzzles that you have to solve with the ultimate goal of opening the treasure chest. The first team to open it wins the grand prize, but there’s a prize in there for everyone who finishes. We also have public and private hunts. The public ones are listed on our website so anyone can sign up, but we have private ones for companies, team-building groups, birthdays, etc. Why did you want to work for yourself?

I have always been entrepreneurialminded and wanted the freedom to create an

idea, build it and see it to fruition. It was also just a cool project for both of us to work on together, given how our relationship started. It’s been a lot of fun. Both of us have different strengths that we use together to see this through. It’s also fun on a creative side, coming up with different puzzles and clues and exploring a lot of the areas around the Triangle. We find things that we would never notice if we weren’t turning it into a treasure hunt. What has been the best aspect of owning a business?

It’s great seeing people enjoy an activity that we’ve created. We’ve had groups from Raleigh, Canada, and from other states, so it’s fun to watch them explore some of the local areas that we love.

due to regulations and cancel all the hunts that we had scheduled in the spring of 2020. We were shut down for about a year. We’re a young business — we started in 2018 and took a break, so we really haven’t been operating that long. 2021 has been our best in terms of the number of hunts and participants. What kind of experience are you

How did the pandemic affect the

hoping to give participants?


Our experience is tailored to exploration, so we use the hashtag #exploretogether

We had to completely shut down

pretty often. It is a team-based activity, so we’re hoping that people can strengthen their relationships with their friend groups or team-building groups when they’re out exploring an area. We want it to be challenging, we want it to be fun, and we really want them to enjoy their experience as a group. t




Rainbow and Natasha Teasley remove boundaries to the outdoors for everyone with paddling trips and backpacking/camping adventures.

MAKING THE OUTDOORS ACCESSIBLE FOR ALL IF YOU’VE EVER FELT LEFT OUT of outdoor recreation activities because of real or self-perceived limitations, you are not alone. The largely male-dominated outdoor community can be intimidating, but Two Sisters Adventure Company — a womanowned and operated local business — is here to change that. In addition to providing paddling classes and self-guided or staff-guided trips of local waterways, Two Sisters Adventure Company also offers summer camp pro64 MARCH 2022

grams designed for kids 6-18 and partners with Catawba College in running GALS NC — a free two-week backpacking/camping program for high school students who identify as female or gender nonconforming, students from low socioeconomic backgrounds and other groups underrepresented in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). “Our mission is to remove boundaries to the outdoors for everyone,” said owner Natasha Teasley. “A lot of us have internalized

boundaries, thinking that our bodies aren’t right for the outdoors because of our shape or size, skin tone or gender identity. So our focus is on trying to make everyone feel welcome and safe and part of the outdoor community.” Natasha runs Two Sisters with the help of her mother, Cathy, and her younger sister, Rainbow. Although Natasha is the sole owner, Cathy “Mama Bear” Teasley acts as the lead guide and logistics manager, while Rainbow Teasley serves as both guide and camp director.

Both sisters credit their love of the outdoors to a childhood spent navigating the Triangle’s waterways with their mother. “The Triangle’s home for us; Durham is home for us. The places we’re taking people are very personal for us because they’re the places we grew up going to. So we have a lot of really cool stories to share and personal history everywhere we’re taking people,” said Natasha. “Both of us are just super passionate about the outdoors and sharing the outdoors, and that’s because my mom raised us that way.” Natasha has a degree in outdoor leadership from Western Carolina University and has been a guide and kayaking instructor since 1996. Her sister, Rainbow, also attended WCU and received a degree in recreational therapy with a minor in special education. Both of the sisters’ backgrounds strongly influence their roles within the company. “I found recreational therapy because it was something that I had been doing my whole life and I didn’t even realize I was doing it,” said Rainbow. “It’s about finding what makes somebody tick, finding what gets someone excited and using that feeling to effect whatever change that person wants or needs in their life.” “With summer camp I focus very much on being a holistic person, on not putting too much pressure on yourself to be perfect — and not just the kids, but the adults, too. Letting the summer campers see that we’re all human.” Summer camps are designed to further break down boundaries and make every child feel welcome by building confidence and a sense of community through handson learning. Camp themes include finding nature in urban environments, teen camps where campers are actively involved in choosing their preferred activities, art-focused camps where campers spend the week exploring local works of art, and “Bugs, Bugs, Bugs,” a camp for the littlest participants to learn more about — you guessed it — bugs! Camp scholarships are available through the Two Sisters Share the Adventure

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Two Sisters Adventure Company leads a sunset tour on the northern end of Falls Lake.

fund, which extends to every program or paddling trip offered by the company. Payment plans are also available. Two Sisters Adventure Company exists because, despite years of experience in paddle sports, both sisters have never felt fully embraced by the outdoor community. As time went on, they realized that their mission — removing boundaries to all people, including those who have been historically underrepresented in the outdoors — was important to many. The pursuit of a more inclusive environ-

ment really resonated with Hannah Barg, an environmental educator who is currently studying experiential and outdoor education at Western Carolina. After following the company on Instagram, Barg and their partner booked a guided paddle trip down the Eno River. “There are a lot of people who don’t feel welcome in the outdoors,” said Barg. “I know that because I work in the industry and I’ve felt left out. Paddling sports in particular can be so exclusive and very maledominated and competitive.” continued on page 66 CARY MAGAZINE 65

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“If you look at the big outdoor companies’ Instagrams, you don’t see people of all body types and abilities doing paddle sports, but it’s a really accessible sport. You can make it work with certain adaptations.” Barg told their roommate, Elizabeth Miller-Derstine — a documentary film student — about Two Sisters Adventure Company, and soon after a documentary short entitled “Ebbs and Flows (like the river goes)” was born. The film, which is just over 9 minutes long, highlights just how far Natasha and Rainbow have come in getting themselves out of the box and finding their place within the outdoor community. Mia Rossy-Abernathy, who recently moved here from New Jersey, found Two Sisters Adventure Company through a local Facebook group and set up a private kayak trip at Jordan Lake. “I had a flawless trip that day — we worked on perfecting my stroke, discussed staying within our limits and even saw an elusive blue heron. After that trip I booked two more private trips. On the most recent one I brought my 11-year-old son with me to explore the lower Eno River. Rainbow was our guide and pointed out plant life, corrected our strokes and explained some basic etiquette when out on a shared waterway. It was magical!” Sharing her love of the outdoors gives Natasha Teasley a sense of purpose. The best thing about guiding trips, Natasha says, is watching people arrive, all nervous and apprehensive, and then seeing the relaxation wash over them the minute they get on the water. “To me, it’s one of the most beautiful things that I can see. It’s more beautiful than the sunsets we take in, watching people become their true selves,” said Natasha. To support Two Sisters Adventure Company’s mission of making the outdoor experience accessible to all, visit t 66 MARCH 2022

Cathy Teasley helps daughter Natasha from her canoe during an outing at Bond Lake.

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ABOVE AND LEFT: A group of teens explores the headwaters of the Neuse River during a paddling trip with Two Sisters.

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The importance of in-person interaction and learning through play WRITTEN BY DENA DAW PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN


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NESTLED WITHIN Cary’s Saltbox Village Shopping Center sits Science Safari — a boutique science and nature-themed toy store offering hands-on science programs and nature adventures for students starting in pre-K through 5th grade. The store is chock-full of science supplies, unusual and educational toys, an in-store classroom and a variety of animals, including Penelope the python and Chewbacca the chinchilla. Although there’s no doubt that the space is playful and original, the thing that really sets Science Safari apart isn’t its brick and mortar location or the furry and scaly friends who call it home — it’s the owners’ vision and passion for learning that make it truly special. Sean and Siobhan O’Neal are two of the most committed and unique people you will ever meet. Their website, while informative, is missing certain things

Siobhan O’Neal leads a kids’ program on lizards, “relatives of ancient creatures,” from Science Safari’s in-store classroom, where hands-on learning is a big part of the experience.

Students are allowed to feed Science Safari’s two turtles, Bert and Ernie.

LEFT: A leopard gecko greets participants during a hands-on science class.

Siobhan O’Neal holds a chinchilla, one of several animals used for hands-on learning.

that are typically commonplace — an online shopping option, virtual sign-ups for classes and a contact email address. Instead, Sean and Siobhan only list their telephone number and a physical address, preferring that customers come into their store, start a conversation and sign their children up for programming in person. “We are a brick and mortar science and nature specialty toy store, and although I realize that description is chock-full of buzzwords, we literally take it to heart,” said Sean. “We do not do any online sales, and in many ways even discourage phone sales. We require everyone to actually interact with a real person. We are trying to build a community.” When looking for a toy, it’s easy to just go online and let Amazon do all the work for you. Just type in the age, gender, price point, and voila! You’ve successfully followed the logic tree down to the perfect gift for your child — or so you thought. At Science Safari, Sean likes to do things a little differently.

BELOW: The electric jellyfish lamp is just one of the unusual toys available at the store. They do not use it to teach science.

“My least favorite question is, ‘What’s the best thing for a 9-year-old?’ I don’t care what my best seller is for a 9-year-old. Tell me about your 9-year-old,” said Sean. “When people shop online, they get exactly what they want, but it might not be what they need.” After working in a toy store in Greensboro during high school, Sean graduated and moved on to North Carolina State University to study chemistry. During a year off, Sean headed back to Greensboro, hoping to get his old job back. continued on page 71 CARY MAGAZINE 69

Sean and Siobhan with Del the action figure.

Never too old to learn through play, owner Sean O’Neal bounces his way into the hearts of children at Science Safari in Cary. According to wife Siobhan, Sean’s Hawaiian shirts and playful, spontaneous nature closely resemble another action figure on display in the store – Del, from “Playmobil: The Movie” (pictured above in inset).


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“They didn’t want to hire me because my hair was too long,” said Sean, laughing at the memory. “The owner was worried I would scare off his doll customers.” Following his break, Sean moved back to Raleigh and stumbled across a sciencethemed specialty toy store in Cary. Trying his luck, Sean introduced himself to Becky and Jon Blair, who had opened the store in 1990. With his chemistry background, easygoing nature — and yes, long hair — Sean was immediately hired. “I started working for them, and it became a full-time gig,” said Sean. “The more I did chemistry, the less I wanted to do it for a career. I became their manager, and eventually, when they were ready to leave, Siobhan and I bought them out. So the shop’s been here a little over 30 years. I’ve been here 29 ½ years, and we’ve been the owners for about eight and a half.” The service half of Science Safari is run by Siobhan O’Neal, who received her master’s degree in entomology at N.C. State and met Sean while attending fencing club. With their mutual love of adventure, science and the outdoors, the couple was perfectly matched from the beginning. During their engagement, Sean and Siobhan — along with their two dogs — spent six months hiking the Appalachian trail together.

Cameron Peterson, 2, finds a finger puppet he likes. The Cary store is stocked with science supplies and hard-to-find toys, like chemistry sets (pictured below).

“It was our premarital counseling,” said Siobhan with a smile. Originally from Minnesota, Siobhan has an interdisciplinary naturalist background that includes entomology and many years of science education for museums and the state parks system. A self-described “facilitator” of education, Siobhan teaches a wide range of highly interactive science classes at Science Safari, with a different theme each week. “Ms. Siobhan isn't doing the typical science experiments you might find in a classroom, like the classic vinegar and baking soda volcano or Mentos in Coke,” said Maggie Boso, a parent of a student at Science Safari. “She presents difficult scientific concepts, like genetics, to young kids in a way that they can understand and be excited about learning.” Given their love of in-person classes and face-to-face communication, the pandemic definitely made for an interesting cou-

ple of years. Siobhan’s classes transitioned to Zoom, and at one point Sean found himself holding up toys to the window while his customers remained on the sidewalk. “Our number of classes and kids dropped to about half, so it took a huge dent in that half of the business,” said Sean. “From the business point of view, we’re not just retail and we’re not just service — the two hands go together. Having them both work together kept us afloat.” Despite the challenges, years of inperson interaction paid off — a majority of their core customer base continued to provide support. One loyal patron, Lynn O’Brien, has been sending her children to Science Safari for over a decade. Her oldest, now in his mid-20s, amassed quite the Playmobil collection over the years thanks to Sean’s toy expertise. “You'd be hard pressed to find another business that is as welcoming and inviting,” said O’Brien. “They are the best when you are stuck for a gift idea at making recommendations. They promote science in such a fun way through their classes and merchandise, and we are really lucky to have such a resource in our community.” t CARY MAGAZINE 71

BounceU Technology Camp


If you're on the fence about sending your child to camp this summer, make sure to do some research — these aren't your mama's summer camps! While there are plenty of opportunities to sit around the campfire à la "The Parent Trap," think BIGGER. Teens can unplug and establish life-long friendships while scuba diving or sailing on an international adventure! Younger kids can learn more about robotics, engineering or the arts during week-long overnight camps or day camps (your choice). Week-long summer camps are a thing of the past — the options are limitless, so join in on the fun!



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BounceU Technology Camp is an award-winning camp program for kids ages 5-12 that give children a daily balance of playtime and imagination! It is both fun and educational, while also a one-of-a-kind experience your child will never forget. Our Technology Camps feature different themes such as Robotics with LEGO® Mindstorms®, LEGO® Stop-motion animation, LEGO® Engineering ... etc. Campers work in small teams (2-3) and participate in various fun activities. Campers get the opportunity to use their imaginations while participating in our LEGO® based activities and then bounce their hearts out on our fun inflatables. Our camp runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with options of early drop-off as early as 8am and late pick up as late as 6 p.m. Our Camps include a morning snack; campers can purchase pizza lunch or bring lunch from home. Our camps offer convenience of weeklong sessions or single-

day sessions as well. We have half-day options 9 a.m.-1 p.m. available as well as our full-day Option. Convenient curbside pickup and drop off daily for camps. We reference CDC guidelines and recommendations in running our camp and cleaning our facility. Contact us at: 919-303-3368, and Boy Scouts of America Occoneechee Council

Looking for your next family vacation? Always wanted a camping adventure but worried about equipment costs or being in over your head? Well, Occoneechee Council, BSA’s all-inclusive Family Adventure Camp has everything your family needs to make long-lasting outdoor memories together without any worry! Our beautiful, professionally staffed Camp Durant in Carthage, NC, is open to everyone July 3-8. You can come for a few days or the whole

week, and you’ll enjoy campsites with pallet tents, modern bathhouses and electricity, airconditioned meals and access to all activities we have to offer. Whether you’re swimming, hiking, kayaking, shooting, climbing, sailing or simply sitting by the campfire, you’ll have a great time! Overnight camping not your style? Our Cub Summer Adventure Days are calling! With opportunities throughout central NC from May-August, our STEM-themed events will have boys and girls ages 5-10 learning while having a blast — literally when it’s rocket day! Visit to sign up today!

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IT’S TIME TO SHINE! At Chesterbrook Academy Elementary in Cary, our summer camp brings out the best in children. It’s a place for exploring, discovering, making friends, and learning new skills, and it all starts with our outstanding counselors, whose talent, creativity and leadership set the tone for a great experience. Summer@Chesterbrook Academy features a unique selection of indoor and outdoor options and field trips that take advantage of everything our community has to offer. We encourage campers to try new things with fun STEMthemed activities, art, sports, team-building activities and more. Summer@Chesterbrook Academy begins on June 13 and ends Aug. 12. Full-day and half-day camp options are available, as well as optional extended camp


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GET READY FOR YOUR BEST SUMMER YET on a Broadreach Summer Adventure for teens! Unplug from virtual learning with a summer of in-person, international adventure! Set sail on a Caribbean liveaboard voyage. Or explore new interests and career paths on an immersive land-based adventure. Since 1993, Broadreach has specialized in creating life-changing experiences for teens. Our hands-on trips focus on scuba diving, sailing, marine biology, veterinary


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Fuquay-Varina Arts Center

AT THE FUQUAY-VARINA ARTS CENTER, campers create and explore in our many studio spaces with an experienced visual arts instructor. Learn to paint like a pro, draw your favorite dragon, build a 3D sculpture with recycled materials, string together beads for handmade jewelry — there’s no limit to your creativity! We have all the materials you need, so you don’t have to bring anything except your imagination.

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GUIDE TO SUMMER CAMPS Camps are designed to be fun while building skills and techniques. Camps are available from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1-5 p.m Monday through Friday throughout the summer. Register online at www.fvarts. org or come in and check out the facility and register with our front desk at 123 E. Vance St., Fuquay-Varina. The Arts Center is committed to providing a clean, safe and friendly environment for all. Partial scholarships are available through the Friends of the Arts Center at www. Spend this summer at the FuquayVarina Arts Center, where fun and art are at the center of it all! Starpath Dance Academy

TIME FOR FUN IN THE SUN at summer camp with Starpath Dance Academy! During week-long camps for ages


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3-6 and 6-12, campers will not only learn exciting dances to some of their favorite songs, but they will make crafts, develop friendships and perform in a mini showcase for their families at the end of the week. Dance styles explored will vary and include ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, musical theatre, lyrical and acro, and themes include Encanto, princess, superhero, Candy Land, under the big top and more! Starpath is also excited to announce its track-out camp program, shineBRIGHT, beginning this summer! This enrichment track-out camp will nurture children’s development in all key areas — mental, academic, physical, and social — and give them a fun, safe outlet for creative expression and exploration. All camps are located at Starpath’s state-of-the-art second location. Visit summer and shinebright for registration and more details.


Town of Cary

WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED during track-out, teacher workdays, traditional school breaks, and holidays. The Town of Cary has camps, classes, and programs for all ages and all interests! Choose from a variety of activities including sports, music, arts, drama, nature, science, dance, history, skateboarding, and more! We also offer Cary residents the opportunity to apply for scholarships and/ or reduced fees for Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources programs through the Play It Forward Scholarship Fund. Visit www. to learn how to apply for or donate to the fund. Register for our School’s Out camps, classes, and programs online at or visit any Town of Cary community center to register in person. For more information simply dial 311 or (919) 469-4000 if outside Cary Town Limits.


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Create Bounce Tech Camp Our tech camps are full of bouncing and engaging activites that challenge their minds! Sign up for an experience your child will never forget!

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WARM WEATHER is just around the corner — and so is your perfect getaway. March winds may not have you thinking of flip-flops and sandy beaches, but it’s the perfect time to plan a trip. What’s on your travel agenda? Enjoying a decadent dinner at dockside? Hunting for flea-market finds and antiques? Traversing backwoods trails in search of wildlife? Or lounging on the beach with a cold beverage? Whatever is on your vacation agenda, there are amazing destinations and new adventures waiting — just a few hours’

Edenton NORTH The beautifully preserved Colonial village of Edenton is known as the Prettiest Small Town in the South. All it takes is one visit to see why.

Seemingly around every corner is an Instagram-worthy view. For many, Edenton offers the ideal combination of historic charm and scenic beauty. Edenton’s history is impressive. Established in 1712, it was North Carolina’s first Colonial capital, a place where signers of the Declaration of


Independence and U.S. Constitution lived and worked alongside one of the first justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. The 1767 Chowan County Courthouse, still in operation today, is considered the most preserved Colonial courthouse in America. It was in Edenton, in 1774 that the first organized female political activity in the Colonies took place. Penelope Barker and 50 other women conducted the Edenton Tea Party to protest taxes on British goods. A stroll through this bayside town showcases immaculately maintained homes, including Penelope Barker’s house, which sits on the bay and serves as a welcome center. A few steps away is the departure point for the Edenton Trolley Tour, a popular attraction for visitors. From spring to fall, Edenton Bay Cruises provide daily

maritime excursions along the town’s coastline. Another popular attraction is the 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse. One of the few remaining screw-pile lighthouses in America, it had been removed from its original river post and brought onshore for a private residence. A town effort about seven years ago restored the lighthouse and placed it in the bay near the waterfront park. It’s now open for regular tours. Another nice aspect of Edenton is small-scale lodging. A half-dozen inns,


several in grand houses, offer the opportunity to relax in a comfortable atmosphere. Meanwhile, numerous vacation rentals are available for social distancing. Travelers arriving by boat can take advantage of boat slips that are free of charge for two nights. To learn more about the Prettiest Small Town in the South, go to or call (800) 775-0111.


“Beautiful and unspoiled ... a world away from home.” – Connie M., Brunswick Islands Vacationer

A vacation in NC’s Brunswick Islands is so much more than a stretch of days on the calendar. It’s that feeling of having vanished to a place where the world can’t reach you. Where every day unfolds with a thousand possibilities. Spread out on 45 miles of sprawling shoreline. Explore meandering waterways and marshes. Relax in the comfort and privacy of your own beach vacation rental home. Rejuvenate and reconnect where memorable moments arrive on the tide of each new day.

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Perhaps you know the name North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands. Or you know one of our six intimate beaches — Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Holden Beach, Oak Island, Caswell Beach and Bald Head Island. Either way, there’s a magical connection that takes place here on these 45 miles of wide, sandy beaches. Simple and real is what we are all about. No flashy neon. No large theme


parks. As odd as it may sound, perhaps what we don’t have is the very reason so many families return to N.C.’s Brunswick Islands year after year, generation after generation. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do. It’s just that our experiences are authentic, laid-back and much more memorable. At the far end of Sunset Beach lies a two-mile stretch of shoreline completely free of development. The only hint of humankind is The Kindred Spirit Mailbox, a favorite among visitors and the inspiration for the Nicholas Sparks novel Every Breath. Within this unassuming mailbox tucked in the dunes are notes and stories of wishes, reflections, and loves lost and found. Read a few pages and appease the Kindred Spirit by leaving a story of your own. The Brunswick Islands are home to North Carolina’s

oldest and newest lighthouses. Old Baldy, built in 1817, is the definition of postcard picture-perfect. The Oak Island Lighthouse towers 169 feet above sea level. Plan a climb to the top of both for unsurpassed views of the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Fear River and winding marshlands. Here, particularly in the town of Southport, is where Hollywood comes to life. Over 50 movies and television productions have been shot in N.C.’s Brunswick Islands.


Take some photos and post your own “walk of fame.” These are just the beginning of a long list of “only Brunswick Islands” things to do. Combine that with family time that’s truly family time, and it’s easy to see why N.C.’s Brunswick Islands just might become your family’s forever beach destination. Visit and request a free vacation guide.


Find Yourself in Corolla, NC. With folks reserving accommodations earlier than ever this year, there’s never been a better time to find a great place for your family’s spring or summer getaway. It is nice to know that awe-inspiring remote beaches, legendary wild horses and iconic historical sites await you and yours in Corolla.

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Corolla NORTH Tucked away on the northernmost slice of coastal North Carolina, you’ll find the Currituck Outer Banks, a 24-mile salty strip of windswept remote beaches home to legendary wild horses, iconic historical sites, rich wildlife, fresh coastal cuisine and the finest family-friendly accommodations. The Currituck Outer Banks and mainland truly has something for everyone.



Where the road ends in Corolla, wild Spanish mustangs have roamed the shores for centuries. Many visitors set out to explore these remote beaches by taking a guided four-wheel drive tour. Seeing these creatures in their natural habitat can be an unforgettable experience. Also, climb the 220-step Currituck Beach Lighthouse for an unbeatable 360-degree view of the area, and enjoy a tour of Whalehead, a 1920s-era mansion. RELAX

The Currituck Outer Banks beaches are some of the most tranquil on the East Coast and provide the perfect backdrop to enjoy a good book, listen to the waves or simply close your eyes and breathe in the salty air. Spend a relaxing afternoon sampling awardwinning wine and beer from our local wineries and breweries, shop for treasures at eclectic boutiques, enjoy mouth-watering North Carolina barbecue and freshly caught seafood from a local restaurant, or enjoy an awe-inspiring sunset over the Currituck Sound.


Whether your vacation plans are for a week or a weekend, there are accommodations to meet your needs on the Currituck Outer Banks. Vacation rental homes offer amenities including swimming pools, hot tubs, in-home theaters, gourmet kitchens and pet-friendly options. Corolla also boasts an oceanfront hotel, a pair of inns and a luxurious bed and breakfast.

mainland Currituck County has to offer. Explore the many unique shops and farm markets along US-158, as well as H2OBX Waterpark, a family-friendly attraction featuring more than 30 exhilarating rides and slides. For more information and to request a free Currituck Outer Banks visitor’s guide, call (877) 287-7488, or explore


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bbq fest on the neuse KINSTON It’s early on the first Saturday morning in May and the breeze from downtown Kinston carries smoke, tangy vinegar, and a sweet hint of the mouthwatering sizzle of pork that has cooked low and slow over enormous grills all night. Welcome to the BBQ Fest on the Neuse — “the largest whole hog cookoff in the world.” More than 70 cook teams from across North

Carolina gather each year on the banks of the Neuse River in Kinston to roast whole hogs through the night in preparation for judging the next morning. That sweet aroma that fills five blocks of downtown is the result of these cooks perfecting their sauces and making sure their pigs — splayed on giant grates of custom cookers — are perfectly tender, flavorful, and spiced just right. Winners of the tastiest hog go home with bragging rights and a $500 prize. For 40 years, this popular festival has kicked off the springsummer season Down East with two days of cooking, live music and events, a car show, and shopping from vendors of all kinds including pottery, T-shirts, toys and more.


• Country music star Niko Moon and his band • Artist vendors from the smART Kinston project and beyond • Carolina Classic Car and Truck Show • Beer and wine garden featuring new brews from sponsor Mother Earth Brewing and other local breweries and wineries • Dance performances and opportunities to twinkle your toes with the Kinston Shag Club • Children’s events and games And, of course, • The Chop Tent where you can savor Eastern North Carolina pork in BBQ plates or sandwiches. Come early, as plates are available from 11 a.m. Saturday until they sell out, and they always sell out.




YOU’RE INVITED Daily Palace Tours. Outlander Tours monthly. Historic homes and exhibits. Spring Gardens now in bloom.

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Often, visitors come to New Bern from near and far to explore well-known attractions like Caleb Bradham’s Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola and North Carolina’s first state capitol building, Tryon Palace.


However, it doesn’t take long for them to discover the hidden gems that are New Bern’s outdoor recreational activities. New Bern is home to one of the four national forests in North Carolina. The Croatan National Forest spans 159,000 acres of coastal landscape. It is here that visitors have the opportunity to hike on a variety of trails, bike and explore the best of North Carolina wildlife. Just don’t spend too much time in the woods, if you decide to book a tee time at one of the five public golf courses. Golf isn’t for everyone. This is why New Bern has 25 parks that are strategically located around town that offer recreation like disc golf, volleyball, boat launches and other thrilling activities. The 30 square miles of waterways provide guests the prime opportunity to throw a line in

the water and try their hands at fishing. After participating in an outdoor adventure, there is no doubt that you will have worked up a thirst. Stroll over to the Beer District to enjoy live music, cornhole, and local eats alongside family and friends. As the day comes to a close, stop by Stand Up Outfitters and let Charley and Kate set you up with a paddleboard or kayak. Locals say that there is no better


place to watch the sunset than at the point where the Trent and Neuse rivers intersect. For more information on booking your trip to New Bern, you can Upon entering the website, our automated travel guide, Ellie, will greet you.



It is easy to understand why this North Carolina city’s slogan is “Totally Fly Goldsboro.” The people here have been creating masterpieces from their heritage for centuries, and here art is not just something you can see, but also taste. Once European settlers introduced pigs to N.C. in

the 1500s, it did not take long before Eastern N.C. Barbecue was born over a bed of hickory or oak coals and a vinegarbased sauce. As one of the top pork-producing counties in the country, it makes sense that Goldsboro-Wayne County is home to some of the most


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legendary barbecue in the state. Alongside iconic barbecue, an international culinary scene has bloomed. From Peruvian fusion to Korean cuisine, the culinary scene in Goldsboro-Wayne County has produced magic through its diversity. A dish is never complete without fresh ingredients, and the agricultural community is to thank. Home to Mt. Olive Pickle Company, Cheshire Pork, Nahunta Pork Center, Holly Grove Farms, A Secret Garden Winery, and more, Goldsboro-Wayne County has an ever-growing agritourism scene that allows you to connect with your food on a local level and see the art of working with the land firsthand. From the wheat field to the glass, craft beer has become one of Wayne County’s favorite art forms. Explore a vintage gas station turned microbrewery at the GBW Filling Station in Downtown Goldsboro and

discover the refreshing flavor of pickle beer at R & R Brewing, Wayne County’s first brewery, in Mount Olive, N.C. Find yourself among taprooms and bottle shops whose passion for craft beer flows as strong and fruitfully as their taps. Still thirsting for more? Find towering sculptures, live music and performing arts all in Downtown Goldsboro. From exhibitions and murals and sculptures throughout the streets, to musical and theatric performances at the Paramount Theatre, and summer music


festivals that will have your cup overflowing. For more information on making your next trip totally fly, visit


We are known for our destination beaches, blueberries and battlefields. If you are destined for a vacation to unplug, visit us. Relax on the beach. Dine at one


of our many fine, locally owned and operated restaurants. Enjoy local entertainment, wine and craft beers. Topsail Island and Pender County is your destination for a special occasion. We offer a wide array of locations for weddings, receptions, reunions and conferences. We are eager to gather again to celebrate special moments in our lives. Celebrate with us on our spacious beaches, farms and historic sites. If family time is your special occasion, bring the kids and play in the surf — or surf by catching a wave! Take a fishing excursion or a kayak tour on the Intracoastal Waterway. Hike a portion of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, or walk our Hometown Hollywood Tour in the Town of Burgaw. Pick your own blueberries, and savor the area that is home to the annual NC Blueberry Festival. Visit our famous Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and

Rehabilitation Center where endangered sea turtles are nurtured back to health. Explore the critters of the sea with Ecological Marine Adventures. Enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise with one of our charters, and watch the dolphins play where pirates once roamed. Explore our history. Visit Moores Creek National Battlefield, the only National Park in Southeast North Carolina. The site of the first North Carolina victory for the patriots in the Revolutionary War, Moores Creek offers picnicking areas, a historic walk of less than one mile and special events throughout the year. If you’re an “Outlander” fan, you’re destined to love Moores Creek! On Topsail Island, visit Missiles and More Museum, and


explore the top-secret Operation Bumblebee, where guided missile technology was born. Visit Topsail Island and Pender County. Our attractions, venues and events will be a special occasion to remember.


Downtown Waynesville NORTH Nothing beats the pandemic blues like a breath of fresh mountain air. There’s plenty for everyone in downtown Waynesville. This lively mountain town is a chance to escape without leaving anything behind.

Stroll the brick sidewalks of Waynesville’s vibrant Main Street against a backdrop of stunning mountain views that change with each season. Or step off the beaten path to

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experience the quiet wonder of Waynesville’s outdoor surroundings. Downtown Waynesville is bustling with fine shops and galleries, quaint eateries, awardwinning restaurants, acclaimed coffee shops, traditional street dances, year-round events and live mountain music. It’s a place where Appalachian culture is celebrated and Southern hospitality is a trademark. Specialty shops offer treats and treasures for everyone — from antiques to boutiques, fine art to local crafts, cashmere to cotton. Along Main Street, shoppers have access to fine furniture and fine jewelry, craft beer and fine wine, fresh baked goods and hand-dipped ice cream, baby clothes and designer fashion, home goods and rich chocolate. This quaint mountain retreat is home to historic bed and breakfasts and Mast General Store, complete with a dog bakery, local market and charming bookstore.

Hungry travelers and food connoisseurs can feast on goat cheese, champagne mustard, fresh mountain trout, homemade banana pudding and fried green tomatoes that can be paired with local cheeses, craft beer or fine wine. But don’t get carried away and miss the memories waiting to be made in the great outdoors. Nestled among the Great Smoky Mountains and resting on the edge of the Blue Ridge Parkway, downtown Waynesville is conveniently positioned with easy access to exquisite views and scenic hiking trails.


Waynesville is a great place to explore any time of year. Whether looking to take in the colors of a lush blooming spring, retreat to more mild summer weather, gaze at the natural splendor of changing fall leaves, or admire snow-covered peaks — Waynesville is a breath of fresh mountain air for families, couples and solo adventurers looking for an escape.

Wilson NORTH We invite you to explore our vibrant community.

Historic Downtown Wilson has brought the creativity of art to life with the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, a public park home to 30 large whirligigs created by folk artist Vollis Simpson. These kinetic, windpowered sculptures are North Carolina’s Official Folk Art. The Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park also hosts the Wilson Artisan and Farmers Market on the weekends. Following your visit to the park, find out more about the artist at the Vollis Simpson


Whirligig Museum, located just across the street. The newly opened museum offers educational tours, displays of smaller whirligigs, facts about Simpson and how he created his art, a gift shop, and additional information about the ongoing conservation efforts to protect this important artistic legacy. Visit for more information. Surrounding the park, numerous museums, art galleries, gift and antique shops, and locally owned boutiques showcase the history of the area and celebrate the growth and diversity of the Downtown Arts and Culture scene. Highlights include the Selkie, Artisan Leaf, the Barnes Corner Gallery “Art Ventures,” the Gallery Shop, the Imagination Station Science & History Museum, the Freeman Roundhouse Museum, the Wilson Arts Center, Iconstar Art Studio and the Edna Boykin Cultural Center. And you won’t

want to miss the internationally acclaimed photography of Jerome De Perlinghi, who established the Eyes of Main Festival. Historic Downtown Wilson is also the home of the North Carolina Whirligig Festival, a celebration in the fall with more than 200 vendors. Locally owned breweries, cafes and bakeries are also conveniently located in Historic Downtown Wilson to satisfy all your cravings! For more information on Historic Downtown Wilson, visit Come spend the day with us and enjoy the galleries, shops,


delicious food and drink, and the whirligigs that make a visit to Wilson a unique experience!




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The Smoked Old Fashioned is among the restaurant’s most popular hand-crafted cocktails.


A RECENT AFTERNOON VISIT to Italian-centric bistro Osteria G was punctuated by frequent phone rings. One patron after another called to make a dinner reservation for that night or the following evening. “I’m convinced we have the best clientele in the state,” says convivial proprietor Joe Reinis, a Long Island, New York, native who runs the casual fine-dining restaurant along with his wife, Ashley Startek. “We’re a regulars-driven restaurant built on word of mouth.” It’s easy to see why so many folks enjoy dining at Osteria G, which is situated in a small strip shopping center straddling the border of Apex and Holly Springs. For starters, the seasonal menu features locally sourced ingredients, and inventive weekly specials draw a crowd. “We have a minimum of five food specials daily, and they are always rotating,” Reinis says, adding that the eatery sources essentials from Raleigh-based Ford’s Produce and Charlotte-based Inland Seafood, among other purveyors. Executive Chef Manny Lozano, who received his culinary training in France and has worked at high-end restaurants in New York City, finesses pasta, seafood and beef dishes with creativity and skill. “He’s truly special, and all of his dishes are layered and well composed,” says Reinis, Evidence of Lozano’s prowess is witnessed in practically everything that emerges from the kitchen. Consider the popular starter called Chowder Baked Oysters involving mollusks sourced from Prince Edward Island stuffed with a light cream sauce, diced bacon and an oyster cracker crust. Signature appetizer Meatball Wellington features puff pastry filled with a house mixture of veal, beef and pork and topped with a Madeira mushroom sauce. continued on page 96


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Executive Chef Manny Lozano prepares layered, seasonal dishes like pan-seared salmon with potato and herb parcel. CARY MAGAZINE 95


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FOUR-COURSE PRIX FIXE SAMPLE MENU COURSE ONE Prosciutto, asparagus & arugula salad Shrimp cocktail COURSE TWO Charcuterie plate Cheese plate COURSE THREE Chianti-braised chicken with bacon and mushrooms over egg noodles Rolled eggplant over spaghetti Diced steak with sauteed mushrooms over cavatelli

When it comes to entrees, order the Black Garlic Shrimp (owner Joe’s favorite dish), which comprises aged garlic that is slow-roasted for 27 days and tossed in a basil pesto sauce served with spaghetti and shrimp. A deconstructed chicken pot pie shows off more of the chef ’s gastronomic wizardry. “He wraps white meat around dark meat with sous vide chicken and waffles made of puff pastry, and then there’s a fantastic demi-glace,” says Reinis.

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Standout appetizer Chowder Baked Oysters will not disappoint.

Be sure to try the house-made butters — especially the honey and sea salt variety — with Italian bread. On Wednesdays, Osteria G offers a special four-course menu for $32 a person (see sample menu on page 46). “This allows chef to be even more creative and innovative, and it’s something unique that no one else (around here) is really doing,” says Reinis. “Since our menu is seasonal, sometimes even changing twice each season, we like to serve the freshest items possible.”

Don’t miss dessert. The classic, airy tiramisu is always on point. But you’ll fall in love with the chocolate Napoleon featuring mousse-filled French puff pastry crowned with hazelnut pralines. Osteria G offers a full bar stocked with white and red wines from California and Italy. A rotating selection of locally brewed beers are available on draft. With more than 30 varieties of whiskey on hand, notable craft cocktails include a Smoked Old Fashioned and an espressospiked martini.

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Signature starter Meatball Wellington involves puff pastry stuffed with a mixture of beef, pork and veal.

Top off the meal with a housemade dessert like the decadent Chocolate Napoleon.

The casual fine dining atmosphere at Osteria G entices many regular and date-night customers.


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A certified sommelier, Reinis capably guides guests in pairing wine with the cuisine. Half-priced bottles of vino are offered every Tuesday. “We are port tonging nicer bottles of wine,” says Reinis. “We also host a chef and sommelier dinner, usually the last Thursday of each month. Chef prepares dishes from a particular geographic region, and I incorporate it with wine. It’s always well received.” Service at the restaurant is friendly and efficient. Reinis says the staff’s dedication to helping each other and serving others is commendable, and he is committed to en-

suring that guests feel like they are coming to his home for dinner. “In the restaurant business, it’s known that there’s the ‘front of the house’ and the ‘back of the house,’” he explains. “We consider it one house because we’re one family, and that’s a beautiful thing.” Closed on Sunday and Monday, Osteria G is open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner. Reservations are strongly encouraged and are accepted online and by phone. t OSTERIA G 5160 SUNSET LAKE ROAD, SUITE 101, APEX (984) 229-7480 OSTERIAG.COM

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GOOD FOOD makes for GOOD TIMES. Whether the day’s plans include a picnic for two in a kayak, an oyster roast on the side porch, or a potluck cookout on the beach, we’re here to help you break bread with family and friends. Don’t spend time and energy lugging groceries over from the mainland. From fresh local seafood, to USDA Prime meats and local produce, to an extensive wine selection and gourmet deli, you’ll find just what you’re looking for and more. Savor breakfast or lunch at our newly expanded Maritime Market Café, or call ahead and for custom take-out appetizers or complete family meals. Save time when you order your groceries and meals on the Market’s website and have them waiting for you in your home when you arrive. Stay in-the-know about wine tastings, “Howl at the Moon” parties and special café dinners by visiting us online, following us on facebook or subscribing to our email. Don’t forget to call on Sweet Bay Catering for all your on-island special event needs too!

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OBSESSED WITH TACOS? Taco Addicts, one of Cary’s newest Mexican eateries, will help you get your fix. Located in Crossroads Shopping Center in the former Ruby Tuesday spot, the full-service restaurant features more than a dozen tantalizing varieties of tacos. Straightforward offerings like the traditional taco, a bean and cheese taco on a flour tortilla and a fish taco with pico de gallo and chipotle salsa are all solid. But if you’re more adventurous, try the Vampiro, which comprises a handmade crispy corn tortilla filled with carne asada, cheese, queso fresco cilantro and onions drizzled with a diablo sauce, or the Panzon with pork belly, vinegar-tinged onions, cilantro and guacamole salsa. 102

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Even breakfast tacos are accessible. A pair of tacos includes eggs, chorizo, potatoes and cheese served alongside rice and beans. Although the restaurant’s moniker might suggest otherwise, tacos are not the only cuisine available at this spacious, casual spot. Seafood lovers will find much to like about selections such as Mojarra (fried whole tilapia served with rice and guacamole salad) and Camarones el Cholo, a dish composed of shrimp wrapped in bacon topped with signature cheese dip. Choose from 15 various signature plates, the most impressive of which is the Molcajete featuring a Mexican stone bowl loaded with steak, grilled chicken, chorizo, nopales (cactus leaves), onions, jalapenos, pico de gallo, queso fresco and spicy salsa. Consider the mulitas, which are sandwichstyle tacos stuffed with your choice of meat, cilantro, onions, cheese and guacamole. Burritos, quesadillas and fajitas are all well represented. Order the hearty Burrito Mojado stuffed with carne asada, shrimp, grilled onions and French fries topped with cheese dip. Wash everything down with a Modelo or craft beer, a margarita or a mixed drink like la Catrina fashioned with silver tequila, mango concentrate, grapefruit soda, Mexican spices and fresh lime juice. If you have room left for dessert, go for the decadent tres leches cake or the sopapilla with ice cream. Taco Addicts is open daily for lunch and dinner. Online ordering is available for curbside pickup or delivery. t Taco Addicts 131 Crossroads Boulevard, Cary (919) 896-8043

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SPRING IS IN THE AIR. The birds are singing, trees are budding, and that, unfortunately, means here in the Triangle, the pollen is coming. That also means it’s time to plant flowers, get the lawnmower cleaned up from the previous year and get out your favorite pair of gardening gloves. And when you’re ready to grab an icecold beer after hours of yard work, you want something that has flavor but won’t bog you down. That’s why many beer drinkers will reach for a session IPA. These beers are basically a take on the standard hop-forward IPA ranging from around 3.0 to 5.5% ABV

(alcohol by volume). You don’t lose any of that hoppy goodness with the session IPA. Triangle breweries produce many session IPAs, but this one features an excellent hop-dominant profile while having a more petite body than a standard IPA — and that comes from Raleigh’s Neuse River Brewing & Brasserie. Co-owners Ryan and Jennifer Kolarov opened the brewery back in 2015, focusing on Belgium-style beers. Neuse River Brewing has grown to feature everything from farmhouse ales, stouts, sours and IPAs — and one of its most popular beers is the Saturday Morning hazy session IPA.

Saturday Morning, which comes in at 5.4% ABV, is brewed with El Dorado, German Mandarina Bavaria, and Mosaic hops. The tropical notes in both its aroma and taste make it a beer brewer Ryan Kolarov deems uber-drinkable. “I was starting to put the grain bill together, and the beer just sounded like something I wanted to drink now,” said Kolarov, which just happened to be on a Saturday morning. “The sun was out, and it was nice outside, and I thought this would be a good morning beer. So it just turned into what we have now.” And that is currently one of the brewery’s flagship beers you can almost always find at the brewery. “We get in trouble when we have a gap in the beer,” Kolarov said. Neuse River Brewing & Brasserie is located in the Five Points neighborhood in Raleigh and is open five days a week (closed on Monday and Tuesday). The Brasserie serves European-style plates such as duck poutine, fish and chips, roast chicken, steak frites, and Sunday brunch.

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CARY Abbey Road Tavern & Grill “Great food … outstanding live music.” 1195 W. Chatham St., Cary; (919) 481-4434; Academy Street Bistro “A fresh take on eclectic cuisine in the heart of Cary.” 200 S. Academy St., Cary; (919) 377-0509; Alex & Teresa’s Italian Pizzeria & Trattoria “Authentic Italian recipes and homemade pasta.” 941 N. Harrison Ave., Cary; (919) 377-0742; Andia’s Homemade Ice Cream “Premium quality ice cream and sorbet.” 10120 Green Level Church Road #208, Cary; (919) 901-8560; 1008 Ryan Road, Cary; (919) 234-0037; Annelore’s German Bakery “Authentic German pastries, breads and pretzels” 308 W. Chatham St., Cary (919) 267-6846 Asali Desserts & Café A gourmet sweet shop crossed with a refined coffeehouse. 107 Edinburgh Dr., Suite 106-A, Cary (919) 362-7882


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Ashworth Drugs “Quintessential place for fresh-squeezed lemonade, old-fashioned milkshakes and hot dogs.” 105 W. Chatham St., Cary; (919) 467-1877;

Big Mike’s BBQ “Beers on tap to compliment locally sourced, farm-to-table BBQ.” 1222 NW Maynard Road, Cary; (919) 799-2023;

A Taste of Jamaica Family-owned, authentic dine-in and take-out Jamaican restaurant. 600 East Chatham St., Cary; (919) 461-0045;

Bonefish Grill “Fresh is our signature.” 2060 Renaissance Park Place, Cary; (919) 677-1347;

Awaze Ethiopian Cuisine “East African eatery showcasing vegetarian and vegan options.” 904 Northeast Maynard Road, Cary (919) 377-2599 Baked Cookies & Dough “Edible cookie dough, soft serve ice cream and family-friendly treats.” 107 Edinburgh South Dr., Cary (919) 377-0058; Bellini Fine Italian Cuisine “Everything is made fresh from scratch in our kitchen.” 107 Edinburgh S. Drive, Suite 119, Cary; (919) 552-0303; Big Dom’s Bagel Shop “Serving bagels, B’donuts and sandwiches” 203 E Chatham St., Cary; (919) 377-1143; The Big Easy Oven & Tap “Modern, Southern kitchen with New Orleans roots.” 231 Grande Heights Drive, Cary; (919) 468-6007;

Bosphorus Restaurant “Traditional Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine in an elegant atmosphere.” 329-A N. Harrison Ave., Cary; (919) 460-1300; BottleDog Bites & Brews “A casual place to relax and enjoy unconventional food and craft beer” 8306 Chapel Hill Road, Cary; (919) 390-1617; Bravo’s Mexican Grill “Extensive menu raises the ante considerably above the typical Tex-Mex.” 208 Grande Heights Drive, Cary (919) 481-3811; Brecotea Baking Studio “Abundant sweet and savory selections.” 1144 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; (919) 234-1555; Brewster’s Pub “Open late, serving a full food and drink menu.” 1885 Lake Pine Drive, Cary (919) 650-1270;

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Buldaegi BBQ House “Contemporary Korean BBQ.” 2470 Walnut St., Cary; (919) 703-0400; Burrito Shak “Quality fresh-Mex cuisine, featuring slowroasted pulled pork, house-rubbed chicken breast, carne asada and battered Atlantic cod.” 2982 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary (919) 267-6772; Cha House “A relaxing place to sip quality tea and enjoy good conversation” 1319 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary (984) 465-0498; Chanticleer Café & Bakery “Family-owned restaurant serving up breakfast, lunch and specialty coffees.” 6490 Tryon Road, Cary; (919) 781-4810; Chef’s Palette “Creative flair and originality in every aspect of our service.” 3460 Ten Ten Road, Cary; (919) 267-6011; Chicken Salad Chick Gourmet chicken salad, called “the best in America.” 302 Colonades Way, Suite 202 (Waverly Place), Cary (984) 207-5516; Cilantro Indian Café “Northeast Indian cuisine with fresh ingredients and halal meats.” 107 Edinburgh S. Drive , Suite 107, Cary; (919) 234-1264;

CinéBistro “Ultimate dinner-and-a-movie experience.” 525 New Waverly Place, Cary; (919) 987-3500;

Danny’s Bar-B-Que “All slow-cooked on an open pit with hickory wood.” 311 Ashville Ave. G, Cary; (919) 851-5541;

Cinnaholic “Over-the-top, decadent cinnamon rolls.” 1209 Parkside Main St., Cary; (919) 650-1407;

Di Fara Pizza Tavern “We don’t cut any corners when it comes to ingredients.” 111 East Chatham St., Cary; (919) 678-5300;

City Barbeque “Barbeque in its truest form.” 1305 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary (919) 439-5191; Coffee & Crepes “Freshly prepared sweet and savory crepes.” 315 Crossroads Blvd., Cary; (919) 233-0288; Corbett’s Burgers & Soda Bar “Good old-fashioned burgers and bottled soda.” 126 Kilmayne Drive, Cary; (919) 466-0055; Craft Public House “Casual family restaurant.” 1040 Tryon Village Drive, Suite 601, Cary; (919) 851-9173;

Doherty’s Irish Pub “Catch the game or listen to live music.” 1979 High House Road, Cary; (919) 388-9930; Duck Donuts “Warm, delicious and just the way you like them.” 100 Wrenn Drive #10, Cary; (919) 468-8722; Enrigo Italian Bistro “Fresh food made from pure ingredients.” 575 New Waverly, Suite 106, Cary; (919) 854-7731;

Crema Coffee Roaster & Bakery “Family-owned and operated.” 1983 High House Road, Cary; (919) 380-1840; Crosstown Pub & Grill “A straight-forward menu covers all the bases.” 140 E. Chatham St., Cary; (919) 650-2853; Crumbl Cookies “Cookies baked fresh all day, every day.” 1105 Market Center Drive, Morrisville; (919) 364-1100 Custom Confections “Custom cheesecakes made locally.” 1187 West Chatham St., Cary;;

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Brig’s “Breakfast creations, cool salads and hot sandwich platters.” 1225 NW Maynard Road, Cary; (919) 481-9300; 1040 Tryon Village Drive, Suite 604, Cary; (919) 859-2151;

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Dining Guide Famous Toastery “Top-notch service for breakfast, brunch and lunch.” Waverly Place Shopping Center, 316 Colonades Way, Suite 201C, Cary; (919) 655-1971; Five Guys Burgers and Fries 1121 Parkside Main St., Cary; (919) 380-0450; Goodberry’s Frozen Custard 1146 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; (919) 467-2386 2325 Davis Drive, Cary; (919) 469-3350;

Hank’s Downtown Dive “Relaxed restaurant serving local and Mexican eats.” 111 East Chatham St., Cary; (984) 464-2524;

JuiceVibes “Made-to-order juices from locally sourced produce.” 1369 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; (919) 377-8923;

Herons “The signature restaurant of The Umstead Hotel and Spa.” 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary; (919) 447-4200;

Kababish Café “A celebration of deliciousness and creativity.” 201 W. Chatham St., Suite 103, Cary; (919) 377-8794;

Honey Pig “Count on generous portions and friendly service at this expansive Korean restaurant.” 1065 Darrington Drive, Cary; (919) 234-0088

Great Harvest Bread Co. “Real food that tastes great.” 1220 NW Maynard Road, Cary (919) 460-8158; Gonza Tacos y Tequila “Award-winning Colombian-Mexican cuisine.” 525-105 New Waverly Place, Cary; (919) 653-7310;

J&S Pizza Authentic Italian cuisine and New York-style pizza since 1995. Locations in Apex, Cary and Fuquay-Varina.

ko•än “Upscale, contemporary Southeast Asian dishes.” 2800 Renaissance Park Place, Cary; (919) 677-9229; La Farm Bakery “Handcrafted daily … only the freshest ingredients.” 4248 N.W. Cary Parkway, Cary; 220 W. Chatham St., Cary; 5055 Arco St., Cary; (919) 657-0657;







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Dining Guide La Grassa Pastificio “Hand-crafted Italian cuisine” 908 NE Maynard Road, Cary (984) 465-0594

Lugano Ristorante “Italian dining in a comfortable and casual atmosphere.” 1060 Darrington Drive, Cary; (919) 468-7229;

Mithai Indian Café “Bengali-style sweet and savory selections free of preservatives and artificial flavors.” 744-F E. Chatham St., Cary (919) 469-9651;

LemonShark Poke “The finest poke ingredients and local brews on tap.” 2000 Boulderstone Way, Cary; (919) 333-0066;

Marco Pollo “Peruvian rotisserie chicken.” 1871 Lake Pine Drive, Cary; (919) 694-5524;

MOD Pizza “Serving artisan style pizzas, superfast.” 316 Colonades Way Suite 206-C, Cary (919) 241-72001;

Los Tres Magueyes “We prepare our food fresh daily.” 110 S.W. Maynard Road, Cary; (919) 460-8757;

Maximillians Grill & Wine Bar “Global cuisine using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.” 8314 Chapel Hill Road, Cary; (919) 465-2455;

Mookie’s New York Deli “A bona fide, no-frills sandwich spot” 1010 Tryon Village Drive, Cary (919) 900-7770;

Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen “Exceptional renderings of classic Southern dishes.” 7307 Tryon Road, Cary; (919) 233-1632

MC Modern Asian Cuisine “Bringing upscale Asian flair to downtown Cary.” 324 South Academy St., Cary; (919) 650-1738;

Lucky Chicken “All of our beautiful Peru, with every dish.” 1851 N. Harrison Ave., Cary; (919) 338-4325;

Mellow Mushroom “Beer, calzones and creative stone-baked pizzas.” 4300 N.W. Cary Parkway, Cary; (919) 463-7779;

Noodle Boulevard “Ten variations on the ramen theme, covering a pan-Asian spectrum.” 1718 Walnut St., Cary; (984) 222-3003;

KIDS EAT FREE! Once in a Blue Moon Bakery & Café “The fast track to sweet tooth satisfaction.” 115-G W. Chatham St., Cary; (919) 319-6554;











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Dining Guide The Original N.Y. Pizza “Consistent every visit.” 831 Bass Pro Lane, Cary; (919) 677-8484 6458 Tryon Road, Cary; (919) 852-2242 Peck and Plume “Modern American dining in downtown Cary.” 301 S Academy St, Cary ; (919) 804-1400; Pizzeria Faulisi “Simple foods from a simple way of cooking: a wood-burning oven.” 215 E. Chatham St., Suite 101, Cary;

Rally Point Sport Grill “Lunch and dinner food in a pub atmosphere.” 837 Bass Pro Lane, Cary; (919) 678-1088; Red Bowl Asian Bistro “Each distinctive dish is handcrafted.” 2020 Boulderstone Way, Cary; (919) 388-9977; Ricci’s Trattoria “Keeping true to tradition.” 10110 Green Level Church Road, Cary; (919) 380-8410;

Pro’s Epicurean Market & Café “Gourmet market, café and wine bar.” 211 E. Chatham St., Cary; (919) 377-1788;

Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits “Great food always, with a side of good times.” 8111-208 Tryon Woods Drive, Cary; (919) 851-3999;

Pure Juicery Bar “The Triangle’s only all-vegan juice bar.” 716 Slash Pine Drive, Cary; (919) 234-1572;

Ruth’s Chris Steak House “Cooked to perfection.” 2010 Renaissance Park Place, Cary; (919) 677-0033;


Sassool “Serving authentic Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisine.” 1347 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; (919) 300-5586; Seoul Garden “A wide-ranging menu provides plenty of bona fide Korean options.” 815 W. Chatham St., Cary; (919) 234-6002; Serendipity Gourmet Deli “Discovering the unusual, valuable or pleasantly surprising.” 118 S. Academy St., Cary; (919) 469-1655; Seol Grille “Scratch-made steamed beef and pork dumplings practically melt in your mouth.” 2310 Walnut St. (Centrum at Crossroads), Cary (984) 241-9112; Sophie’s Grill & Bar “Traditional pub fare along with Old-World cuisine.” 2734 NC-55, Cary; (919) 355-2377;

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Dining Guide Spirits Pub & Grub “Wide variety of menu items, all prepared in a scratch kitchen.” 701 E. Chatham St., Cary (919) 462-7001; Sugar Buzz Bakery “Custom cakes … and more.” 1231 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; (919) 238-7224; Szechuan Mansion Hotpot “A cook-it-yourself meal using a cauldron of flavored broth and fresh ingredients.” 1353 Kildaire Farm Road (Shoppes at Kildaire), Cary (919) 800-1802; Taco Addicts “West-coast inspired tacos.” 131 Crossroads Boulevard, Cary; (919) 896-8043;

Taipei 101 “Chinese and Taiwanese. Serves lunch and dinner.” 121 E. Chatham St., Cary; (919) 388-5885; Tangerine Café “From Thai to Vietnamese to Korean to Indonesian.” 2422 S.W. Cary Parkway, Cary; (919) 468-8688; A Taste of Jamaica “A Jamaican food outpost” 600 E. Chatham St., Suite B, Cary (919) 461-0045 Tazza Kitchen “Wood-fired cooking and craft beverages.” 600 Ledgestone Way, Cary; (919) 651-8281; Terra Bonum Salad Cafe & Coffee “Salads, wraps and other healthy lunch options.” 821 Bass Pro Lane, Cary; (984) 664-3030


Thai Spices & Sushi “Freshest, most-authentic Thai cuisine and sushi.” 986 High House Road, Cary; (919) 319-1818; Totopos Street Food & Tequila “A walk through Mexico City.” 1388 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; (919) 678-3449; Tribeca Tavern “Handcrafted burgers, homegrown beer.” 500 Ledgestone Way, Cary; (919) 465-3055;’ Udupi Café “Authentic south Indian vegetarian cuisine.” 590 E. Chatham St., Cary; (919) 465-0898; V Pizza “True Neapolitan pizza, made with the absolute best ingredients.” 1389 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary (919) 650-1821;

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Dining Guide VomFass Vinegar, Oil & Spice Shop “Taste our premium olive oils and specialty vinegars before you buy.” 302 Colonades Way Suite 203, Cary; (919) 977-6745; Yuri Japanese Restaurant “For sushi fans and connoisseurs of Japanese cuisine.” 1361 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; (919) 481-0068;

Apex Wings Restaurant & Pub “Time-tested eatery serving up chicken wings and craft beers.” 518 E. Williams St., Apex; (919) 387-0082;

Daniel’s Restaurant & Catering “Pasta dishes, hand-stretched pizzas and scratch-made desserts.” 1430 W. Williams St., Apex; (919) 303-1006;

A Taste of Brooklyn “Petite bakery with a cheery vibe.” 101 N. Salem St., Apex; (919) 362-8408;

Doherty’s Irish Pub “Catch the game or listen to live music.” 5490 Apex Peakway, Apex; (919) 387-4100;


Bonafide Bakeshop & Cafe “A blend of Northern classics and Southern comforts.” 1232 W. Williams St., Apex 919-372-5000;

Abbey Road Tavern & Grill 1700 Center St., Apex; (919) 372-5383; Anna’s Pizzeria “Piping hot pizzas and mouth watering Italian food.” 100 N. Salem St., Apex; (919) 267-6237;

Big Mike’s BBQ “Beers on tap to compliment locally sourced, farm-to-table BBQ.” 2045 Creekside Landing Drive, Apex; (919) 338-2591; Common Grounds Coffee House & Desserts “The highest-quality, locally roasted coffee.” 219 N. Salem St., Suite 101, Apex; (919) 387-0873;

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Dining Guide Monifa’s Southern Food “Take-out restaurant serving traditional fare.” 841 Perry Road, Apex; (919) 372-5072; Osteria G “Traditional italian fare featuring housemade pasta.” 5160 Sunset Lake Road, Apex; (984) 229-7480; The Peak on Salem “Seasonal contemporary Southern cuisine” 126 N. Salem St., Apex (919) 446-6060; The Provincial “Fresh. Simple.” 119 Salem St., Apex; (919) 372-5921; Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits “Great food always, with a side of good times.” 1055 Pine Plaza Drive, Apex; (919) 446-6333;

Rudy’s Pub & Grill “Comfortable and familiar, just like home.” 780 W. Williams St., Apex; (919) 303-5061; Salem Street Pub “Friendly faces and extensive menu.” 113 N. Salem St., Apex; (919) 387-9992; Scratch Kitchen and Taproom “Asian-influenced American cuisine” 225 N. Salem St., Apex; (919) 372-5370; Skipper’s Fish Fry “Homemade from our own special recipes.” 1001 E. Williams St., Apex; (919) 303-2400; The Wake Zone Espresso “Your special home away from home.” 6108 Old Jenks Road, Apex; (919) 267-4622;

Utica Bakery “Offering hand-crafted European/Italian pastries and baked goods.” 430 Upchurch St., Apex; (919) 267-5716; Vegan Community Kitchen “Meatless with a Turkish spin.” 803 E. Williams St., Apex; (919) 372-5027;

FUQUAY-VARINA Anna’s Pizzeria “Piping hot pizzas and mouth watering Italian food.” 138 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina; (919) 285-2497; Aviator SmokeHouse BBQ Restaurant “All of our food is made in-house.” 525 E. Broad St., Fuquay-Varina; (919) 557-7675;

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Dining Guide Cultivate Coffee Roasters “Modern industrial twist on a small town coffee shop.” 128 S. Fuquay Ave., Fuquay Varina (919) 285-4067; cultivate.coffe

The Mason Jar Tavern “All the comforts of Southern hospitality with a modern twist.” 305 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina; (919) 762-5555;

Juicehaus “Made-to-order fresh, raw juice.” 509 North Broad St, Fuquay Varina (919) 396-5588; juicehaus.or

Wingin’ It Bar and Grille “Serves lunch, dinner and drinks.” 1625 N. Main St., Suite 109, Fuquay-Varina; (919) 762-0962;

Los Tres Magueyes “We prepare our food fresh daily.” 401 Wake Chapel Road, Fuquay-Varina; (919) 552-3957; Stick Boy Bread Co. “Handcrafted baked goods from scratch … all natural ingredients.” 127 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina; (919) 557-2237;

HOLLY SPRINGS Acme Pizza Co. “Chicago-style deep dish pizza.” 204 Village Walk Drive, Holly Springs (919) 552-8800; The Blind Pelican “First-rate fish, shrimp, lobster, crab, oysters and other ocean-centric delights.” 120 Bass Lake Road, Holly Springs; (984) 225-2471;

Los Tres Magueyes 325 North Main St., Holly Springs; (919) 552-6272; Mama Bird’s Cookies + Cream “A unique spin on a timeless dessert.” 304 N. Main St., Holly Springs; (919) 762-7808; My Way Tavern “Freshly made all-American foods.” 301 W. Center St., Holly Springs; (919) 285-2412; Osha Thai Kitchen & Sushi “Serving authentic Thai cuisine, fresh sushi and crafted cocktails.” 242 South Main St., Suite 100, Holly Springs (984) 538-6742; Rise Biscuits & Donuts 169 Grand Hill Place, Holly Springs; (919) 586-7343;

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Dining Guide Thai Thai Cuisine “Fresh authentic Thai food.” 108 Osterville Drive, Holly Springs; (919) 303-5700; The Butcher’s Market “Premium meats and specialty grocery.” 4200 Lassiter Road, Holly Springs; (919) 267-919); The Mason Jar Tavern “All the comforts of Southern hospitality with a modern twist.” 114 Grand Hill Place, Holly Springs; (919) 964-5060; The Original N.Y. Pizza 634 Holly Springs Road, Holly Springs; (919) 567-0505; Vieni Ristobar “Laid-back Italian fare.” 242 South Main St., Holly Springs; (984) 225-1134;


Capital City Chop House “Perfect place for a business lunch or dinner or a quick bite before catching a flight.” 151 Airgate Drive, Morrisville; (919) 484-7721;

Alpaca Peruvian Charcoal Chicken “Unforgettable rotisserie chicken.” 9575 Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville; (919) 378-9259;

Clean Juice “Organic juices, smoothies and acai bowls.” 3035 Village Market Place, Morrisville; (919) 468-8286;

Another Broken Egg Café “A totally egg-ceptional experience.” 1121 Market Center Drive, Morrisville; (919) 465-1079; Babymoon Café “Pizzas, pastas, seafood, veal, steaks, sandwiches and gourmet salads.” 100 Jerusalem Drive, Suite 106, Morrisville; (919) 465 9006; Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar “The quality of the beef and the toppings make our burgers stand apart.” 3300 Village Market Place, Morrisville; (919) 297-0953;

Crumbl Cookies Super-sized treats with a rotating menu of classic and unusual flavors. 1105 Market Center Drive, Morrisville (919) 364-1100; Desy’s Grill & Bar “Straightforward pub grub at a relaxed sports bar.” 10255 Chapel Hill Road, Suite 200, Morrisville; (919) 380-1617;

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Dining Guide Firebirds Wood Fired Grill “Steaks, seafood, chicken and ribs, all seared over local hickory, oak and pecan wood.” 3200 Village Market Place, Morrisville; (919) 653-0111;

G. 58 Modern Chinese Cuisine “Master chefs from China create an unforgettable fine dining experience.” 10958 Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville; (919) 466-8858;

Nothing Bundt Cakes “Cakes are baked fresh daily, in a variety of flavors and sizes.” 2008 Market Center Drive, Unit 17130, Morrisville; (919) 694-5300;

Flip Side Donuts “Fun options that you can’t find anywhere else!” 9958 Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville; (919) 234-0121;

Georgina’s Pizzeria & Restaurant “Mouthwatering homemade Italian dishes.” 3536 Davis Drive, Morrisville; (919) 388-3820;

Rise Biscuits & Donuts “Old school, new school, and specialty donuts.” 1100 Market Center Drive, Morrisville; (919) 377-0385;

Fount Coffee + Kitchen “Coffee and a menu that is 100 percent gluten-free.” 10954 Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville; (984) 888-5454;

HiPoke “Fresh Fun Poke.” 9573 Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville (919) 650-3398;

The Full Moon Oyster Bar & Seafood Kitchen “Homemade recipes handed down over the years.” 1600 Village Market Place, Morrisville; (919) 378-9524;

Mi Cancun Mexican Restaurant 9605 Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville (919) 481-9002; Neomonde “A wonderful mix of traditional and contemporary Mediterranean menu items.” 10235 Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville; (919) 466-8100;


Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits 1101 Market Center Drive, Morrisville; (919) 388-3500; Smokey’s BBQ Shack “Meats are dry rubbed with love and slow smoked with hickory wood.” 10800 Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville; (919) 469-1724; Taste Vietnamese “Prepared with passion and perfected through generations.” 152 Morrisville Square Way, Morrisville; (919) 234-6385;


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Village Deli & Grill “Wholesome homemade foods.” 909 Aviation Parkway #100, Morrisville; (919) 462-6191;

Flying Biscuit Café “Southern-inspired menu of comfort food made with fresh ingredients.” 2016 Clark Ave., Raleigh; (919) 833-6924,

ZenFish Poké Bar “Guilt-free, healthy, fast-casual dining.” 9924 Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville (919) 234-0914;

Garland “Indian and Asian cuisine with a Southern twist.” 14 W Martin St, Raleigh; (919) 833-6886;


Rey’s “Fine dining with a French Quarter flair.” 1130 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh (919) 380-0122;

Angus Barn “World-renowned for its service.” 9401 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh; (919) 781-2444;

The Big Easy Oven & Tap “Modern, Southern kitchen with New Orleans roots.” 222 Fayetteville St., Raleigh (919) 832-6082;

The Pit “Authentic whole-hog, pit-cooked barbecue.” 328 W. Davie St., Raleigh; (919) 890-4500;

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Double-Duty Delight: Garlic Chives I DON’T HAVE ANY PROBLEM being a cheapskate gardener. So, when I find a plant that looks great and tastes good — call-it a double-duty delight, if you will — I figure it delivers twice the thrills without twice the price, and chances are good it will come home with me. Many herbs perform well as such double-duty plants, and one that turns my head is garlic chive (Allium tuberosum). A close cousin to the common chive (Allium schoenoprasm), a cutie sporting pleasing purplish-pink blooms, garlic chives have more spunk in their flower towers, which rise on sturdy stems up to 2 feet or higher over skinny, strap-like leaves and explode into starry white blossom clusters — a display well suited to visually hold its own in any flower bed. Garlic chives in bloom certainly have the looks to attract your attention, but expect competition from bees and butterflies, who also love the flowers. Not so with Bambi, however, as deer steer clear of this herb. Garlic chives can be planted in early spring, and they are easily grown from seeds, but for quicker results this growing season, opt instead for transplants, which will be easy to find at local garden shops this time of year. Whether as an addition to the herb garden or an ornamental bed, garlic chives perform best in loamy, well-draining beds. An ideal planting site is a location that basks in the morning sun but settles into light shade in the afternoon. And since this pretty will suffer in soggy soil, potted plantings are certainly an option. Although tempting, don’t overharvest the tasty leaves this summer. Their first year in the garden is usually a transition period when these perennials are absorbing energy The bright bloom clusters of garlic chives are hard to miss in any garden. 118

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TIMELY TIP Daffodils will perform better in the garden if their energy-absorbing leaves are allowed to transition from green to brown before they are pruned to the ground. Also, as the flowers fade, it’s not a bad idea to snip them and their stems off to prevent seed formation, which diverts energy away from the underground bulbs as they are storing up internal oomph for next spring’s flower show. Curious to see what the seeds will produce bloom-wise? Get comfy and settle in for a long wait—it can take seed-grown daffodils five years or more to mature enough to produce flowers.

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• If you are looking for home-grown veggie munchies to complement your garlic chives at the dinner table, this month is a good time to plant asparagus, cabbage, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, Swiss chard, collard greens, kale, lettuce, leeks, onions, potatoes, turnips, spinach and radishes. • With the garden waking up from its winter slumber, it is time to fertilize established shrubs, trees, perennials and roses for better displays this spring and summer. Complete fertilizers such as 8-8-8 and 10-10-10 will do, but in order to stretch out available nutrients over the l-o-o-o-n-g growing season, applying time-release fertilizers is a better way to feed your plants’ needs. • Sharpening the blade on your lawn mower will have two positive effects: (1) The mower will operate more efficiently, thus use less gas and cause less air pollution; and (2) the blade will cleanly cut rather than tear grass, which leaves ragged ends that can invite diseases to come out and play.

Snip daffodil flowers after they fade to prevent seed formation.

from the sun to help mature the bulbs, which, after overwintering, will come back the following spring with strong foliage and flower production. Seeds from the faded summer flowers will easily sprout, creating an ever-enlarging clump. However, to maintain vigorous plants, garlic chives should be divided in the early fall about every three years. On a culinary note, no, you won’t need to keep a bag of breath mints handy. The tang of garlic chives is mild enough to be used raw in salads, cream cheese spreads or sandwiches. Fresh cut leaves can also be added to soups, stews and Asian dishes, but only add them at the end of cooking so the heat won’t wilt away the delicate flavor of this tasty, double-duty delight. L.A. Jackson is the former editor of Carolina Gardener Magazine. Want to ask L.A. a question about your garden? Contact him by email at CARY MAGAZINE 119

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hearts. After Jill finished up her treatment, the pair decided to host an impromptu backyard barbeque following the Race For The Cure as a thank you to their friends and family. “We told everybody, whatever you pay for beer and a burger, just throw it in the bucket and we’d give it to someone who needed it through my oncologist,” said Wolford. “That night it was like all the money in the world. We raised IT SEEMS FITTING TO BEGIN this article with the words $724. I brought the money to my oncologist in a big beach bucket. of LeAnne Godwin, the first patient that the Caring Community I didn’t give her any criteria, I just asked that she give it to somebody Foundation ever served. Like many others, Godwin was struggling who needs it.” to pay for her prescriptions and treatments in the midst of her fight With the help of nurses and social workers, Wolford’s oncolowith terminal breast cancer. Although Godwin passed away in April gist picked LeAnne Godwin, a terminally ill woman with a 9-yearof 2003, her legacy lives on in her son, now a board member of Carold little boy. Now a grown man and an active board member, ing Community, and in the thank-you letter that inspired founders Christian Godwin has seen firsthand the impact a gift from Caring Jill and Eric Wolford to broaden their reach Community Foundation can have. and help as many people as possible. “My mother was the recipient of the In 1999, Jill and Eric Wolford were $724 that was collected in Jill’s backyard,” raising two young children and renovating said Godwin. “Because of this, I’m able to their home when Jill noticed that her son know how it directly affects the lives that had stopped breastfeeding on the right side. they’re reaching out to — it kind of allows Although initially brushed off by medical me to put into perspective how much it reprofessionals, she was her own best advocate ally means.” and pursued further testing. The results were “Financially, it’s obviously a huge help. devastating — Jill was diagnosed with breast But more than that, there’s people out there cancer and started chemotherapy three days that do care about you and are in your corlater. To the couple’s surprise, friends, family ner, and it’s not just you alone in this fight and complete strangers rallied around them by yourself.” and provided an army of support. Godwin was 11 when his mother “It was crazy. I mean, there was nothing passed, and shortly after moved to Florida we had to do. I didn’t know why we were so with his father. Little did he know what an fortunate — we had never accepted help in impact his mother’s thank-you letter would our lives for anything,” said Wolford. have in his absence. Inspired by her words, — Maria Hernandez, The value of a strong support system Jill and Eric Wolford created the Caring Executive Director became even more evident as the couple Community Foundation in 2001. Since navigated the health care system. then, they have served over 4,600 patients “We realized how many people have to and their families and provided more than choose between getting through cancer ver$2.6 million in emergency financial assissus wearing pants that fit them, eating well or affording the taxi cab tance. The foundation works with around 50 social workers and ride to go and get chemo,” said Wolford. patient navigators at various cancer hospitals and clinics throughout “I would be sitting in the waiting room and talking to other Wake, Durham, Orange and Johnston counties. patients, and it was unbelievable what other people were going “Many patients have fixed or no income, and when they are through. Oftentimes they had nobody sitting with them, while I diagnosed they experience a lifestyle change that can be traumatic,” had a whole army.” said Carrie Thigpen, a social worker at the Duke Cancer Center in Like a small mustard seed, the desire to help and walk alongWake County. “Most patients during this period may have to take a side other patients dealing with cancer was planted in the Wolfords’ leave of absence from work without pay, but still have essential bills

“To all the angels who thought enough to do this kind act for someone else in need — I have cried for several hours, because this has touched my heart more than anything I have ever known.”

“We have no financial requirements for patients. The cost for patients can run into tens of thousands of dollars just for a single treatment. We exist to fill that void.”


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Caring Community Foundation founders Eric and Jill Wolford stand behind Christian Godwin, son of the first patient CCF ever served, LeAnne Godwin. Christian holds a copy of the thank you letter his mother wrote which inspired the founding of the non-profit.

they need paid such as rent and utilities. This is when CCF steps in to help patients avoid evictions and the shut off of utilities.” Caring Community Foundation exists to alleviate financial burdens so that the patients can concentrate on getting well. Patients must be North Carolina residents and are eligible to receive assistance only once, even if they are receiving treatment at a different facility than before. “We have no financial requirements for patients. The cost for patients can run into tens of thousands of dollars just for a single treatment. We exist to fill that void,” said Executive Director Maria Hernandez. Caring Community Foundation is a donor-supported organization that receives

no funding from any local, state or federal agency. Their annual Pay It Forward Gala is their bread and butter for the year — although 2021 was a virtual-only event. “With the pandemic and everything else, our foundation has been really affected in the last couple of years. We haven’t had a face-to-face fundraiser, and there are so many problems right now — frontline workers that are in such need and people losing their jobs left and right,” said Wolford. “My husband and I have had the conversation of, are we done? Are we going to be able to continue? Then, out of the blue, this one charity stepped up to the plate. They could no longer help their pa-

tients due to COVID, so they gave us all their money for the year.” Wolford, who is a firm believer that good things happen when you do good things, saw it as a sign to keep going. “Was it that the stars aligned or divine intervention? Call it whatever you want, but the whole world helped me, and I have to be here to help the whole world,” said Wolford. “Whenever my kids used to tell me one person can’t make a difference, I was like, oh my gosh, you are so wrong. You don’t need to have superhuman strength, you just need to have a big voice.” For more information on Caring Community Foundation and how to support its mission, visit t CARY MAGAZINE 123

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Cooper participated in

FOODTASTIC, a new original food competition series hosted by Emmy Awardwinning actress Keke Palmer on Disney+. The show challenges bakers to create largerthan-life food sculptures inspired by Disney classics. Cooper was featured alongside her teammates in the episode “Star Wars: The Rebel Mechanic.”

MIX 101.5 raised $642,990 for DUKE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL during its Radiothon. Over the course of In December,

two days, patients, families and staff shared their stories while listeners made donations. The Radiothon for Duke Children’s Hospital continues to be Duke Children’s largest single fundraising event each year.

SYDNEY UPCHURCH, 15, was one of Local dancer

only a handful of candidates selected to represent the U.S. in the 2022 Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland — the equivalent of the Olympics for young dancers. A member of Cary Ballet Conservatory’s pre-professional ballet program, Sydney competed against dancers representing 17 different countries from around the world.

The Evermore at Evermore Farms, an elegant

In January, Artspace named

David Moore as Director of Community Engagement. Prior to Artspace,

event space in the heart of Apex, hosted its grand opening and spring showcase on Jan. 23.

Moore served as the Placemaking

Guests were able to meet some of the Triangle’s top vendors, experience the stunning venue

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in person and find inspiration for color, decor and more.

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recently opened its doors in the brand-new Lowe’s Shopping Center in Cary. Owned by retired NYPD

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The Town of Cary, in collaboration with Good Hope Farm and Dorcas Ministries Food Pantry, hosted the contactless

Dreamfest Food Drive in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. The month-long event created a safe way to accept food donations for Dorcas Brian Magee Photography

Ministries’ food pantry by distributing food donation station e-kits to volunteers, complete with instructions on how to host a donation drive in their community.

On Jan. 15, the streets of Cary shined a little brighter as the town celebrated its first community lantern parade, Under the Silver Moon. Presented by the

ACADEMY STREET ARTWORK PROJECTS and led by internationally renowned visual-teaching artist Gowri Savoor, the parade was preceded by a series of lantern-making community workshops held at the Cary Arts Center.

ART BY SHALIMAR STUDIO AND GALLERY recently opened its doors on Chatham Street in downtown

Raleigh runners completed 100+ miles alongside ultra-marathon runner Jon Frey for the

Cary and will soon be featuring paintings

4th annual Oakwood24 run. Supporters raised just over

inspired by flowers of the world this spring.

$127,500 for Healing Transitions, a non-profit organization that provides free, life-saving

for 10 years and has sold pieces in Europe,

recovery services to homeless, uninsured and underserved individuals with alcoholism and

Canada, Australia and over 38 states in the

other drug addictions.


Shalimar has been painting professionally

Fairway Independent Mortgage Office celebrated its grand opening in Cary with a ribbon cutting celebration on Feb. 24. Contact their team to help you through every step of the loan process — from application to closing and beyond. CARY MAGAZINE 125


GIGI’S PLAYHOUSE, a non-profit Down syndrome achievement center, is relocating to The Walker, a new mixed-use development under construction in downtown Cary. The larger space will allow for new fitness and wellness classes, a teaching kitchen, and additional classrooms to further expand programming.


was held at WakeMed Soccer Park in January, where runners Jonathan Fredin

and their four-legged furry friends ran together, enjoyed unlimited hot chocolate (humans only) and raised money for the Wake County SPCA.

Foodies enjoyed the area’s finest

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The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) has commissioned


Scott-Miller, owner of the Black-owned independent bookstore Liberation Station Bookstore, to create and release a children’s book titled “The Museum Lives in Me.” Featuring original illustrations by Raleigh-based JP Jermaine Powell, the book follows a group of students on a field trip as they explore the NCMA’s collection and discover meaningful connections and opportunities for selfreflection along the way.

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Preston Dental Loft concluded its fifth annual Cary Cares Makeover for deserving women in the Cary area. The team received many amazing nominations this year and ultimately selected three inspiring women: Sammie Thompson, Little Garcia and Ann Jeffrey-Wilensky. All three women received a prize package valued at over $1,100, which included hair and makeup services, professional headshots, teeth whitening services and gift cards to local shops.


celebrated its 21st Annual African American Cultural Celebration entitled Black People — Green Planet: Environmental Justice. Highlights included stories of resilience and courage in response to environmental racism as well as success stories celebrating African Americans’ vital

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On Jan. 12, ABC11 teamed up with the

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Cary Rotary Club

Chili Dinner Named Sponsors

The Cary Rotary Club has raised over $508,000 for hunger relief in the last eighteen years

The Cary Rotary Club thanks the following sponsors for supporting our 19th Annual TowneBank/Atlantic Tire & Service Chili Dinner to fight hunger held on February 1st, 2022 — PR E SE NTI NG SPO NSO R S —

CMC Hotels • Faulkner/Haynes & Associates, Inc. • G.H. Jordan Development Company Harold K. Jordan & Company, Inc. • S&A Communications • The UPS Store Apex Truist Bank • WINFIELD & Associates Marketing and Advertising — CO R PO R ATE SPO NSO R S—

Jerry & Stephanie Bynum • The Cardinal at North Hills • Christ Episcopal Church DLJH Charitable Foundation • Fink’s Jewelers • Stancil PC– CPA’s * Advisors Kent Thompson, Capitol Financial Solutions — B USI NE SS SPO NSO R S—

Ashworth Pharmacy Cary Car Care Center ClinSearch Resources Duke Energy Glenaire

Hendrick Cary Auto Mall Pat Hudson J.M. Edwards Jewelry MacGregor Draft House Metcalf Painting & Flooring

Bill & Barbara Pinna Rigsbee Consulting & CPA Services Shaver Consulting, Inc. Studio Rentals, Inc. The Templeton of Cary

Townsend Asset Management Corporation Underwood & Roberts, PLLC Mack Wootton

—TAB L E SPO NSO R S— Rod Brooks & Terry Jasper Tom Brooks, D.D.S. Lisa & Michael Butcher The Butcher’s Market Campbell Road Nursery Capital Insurance & Financial Services Cary Christian School Cary Kildaire Rotary Club Cary Oil Co., Inc. David Coulter Crosstown Pub Crutchfield Advisors, Inc. Edmundson CPA, PLLC Margaret Evers, PA Don & June Finkbeiner First Bank Natraj Ganesh, SuperPROCESS, LLC

Harris & Company Insurance Paul Harris Hat Lady – Dorothy Schmelzeis The Hatchers Camille Hedrick Tracy & Pamela Howe Interstate Batteries of Central Carolina Howard & Patsy Johnson Art & Mary Kamm Robert F. Lyerly, Jr. Lynn’s Hallmark Mann ENT Clinic Doug & Margaret McLamb The Naehring Family New Media Advisors Prudential Advisors – Carolina Financial Group Rhyne Management Associates, Inc.

Rising Sun Pools & Spas Roslyn Royster Scott & Julie Schneider Frank Shell Ben & Laura Shivar Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C. Smith Sandlin Wealth Planning J. Spell Enterprises Joe Sturdivant The Tar Heel Companies of NC, Inc. Taylor Family YMCA Thompson, Price, Scott, Adams & Co. P.A. Ken & Patti Tyma Wake Memorial Park, LLC Chris Walker WINFIELD & Associates Marketing and Advertising Bill Zitek

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More details are visible with 3D imaging

Areas of concern are marked for a focused review by our breast imaging radiologist

Introducing 3D Mammograms with AI Technology Wake Radiology UNC REX is the first outpatient radiology practice in the Triangle to adopt FDA cleared artificial intelligence technology for use with 3D mammography. Our AI platform runs in the background while our breast imaging radiologist reviews a patient’s 3D mammogram images. It marks areas of potential concern for a more focused look, acting as a “second check” to aid in cancer detection. More good news! There is no extra charge to you for our doctors using the latest aid in breast cancer detection.

Schedule Your 3D Mammogram Today Outpatient offices throughout the Triangle Scheduling: 919-232-4700 132 MARCH 2022

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